Lawyers, judges debate Florida’s foreclosure backlog

FORT LAUDERDALE — Leaders of some of the nation’s busiest foreclosure courts gathered Friday to discuss attorney civility, bank honesty and Florida’s towering backlog of 350,000 foreclosure cases.

The forum, called “Bankruptcy and Foreclosure, a View From the Bench,” attracted attorneys and judges from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. It was a chance for attorneys to ask questions of judges outside the courtroom and for judges to voice their gripes about the behavior of lenders and homeowners.

While some questions garnered uncomfortable silence from judges, such as queries about a panel’s opinions of non-judiciary foreclosures and when forged signatures are allowed in court documents, others elicited frank responses.

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