I give the judges here in the western part of this state a great deal of credit. While other areas of the state seem to have been sucked into the whole…
CLEAR THESE FORECLOSURE CASES!
THROW THESE FORECLOSURE CASES OUT!
WHETHER YOU WANT IT OR NOT, WE’RE SETTING TRIALS AND HEARINGS
fury for a long time, this part of the state has taken a far more measured….and yes….a very even handed and judicial approach to foreclosures. It’s something like this:
OUR COURTS WILL FAIRLY INTERPRET THE LAWS AND MOVE CASES WHEN THE LITIGANTS REQUEST THAT WE MOVE CASES
And the outcome of this approach? A measured, balanced real estate market with prices that are increasing while inventory is managed. Or more directly:
“Speeding it up is not better for everybody,” said Herbert Baumann Jr., an administrative judge for Hillsborough’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. “Court cases don’t lend themselves to bright-line rules. There are goals, yes, and we’re aware of the goals, but “¦ if it takes long, it takes long. If it takes short, it takes short. It takes what it takes.”
“Foreclosures should be one of the simplest forms of civil litigation “¦ but the lenders are sometimes their own worst enemies,” said Thomas McGrady, chief judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit over Pinellas and Pasco counties.
“For whatever reason “” a business decision, moratorium issues or they’re just overloaded “” they don’t seem willing to push the cases they’ve filed,” he said.
The lawyers in this part of the state….both plaintiff and defense lawyers recognize that they’ve got responsibilities not just to clients, but to the courts and to communities. The environment in these courts is professional, respectful and efficient.
On nearly every judges desk there is a plaque that reads:
PROFESSIONALISM AND CIVILITY- NOTHING LESS WILL BE TOLERATED
But it’s not just lawyers and judges that get this treatment. Citizens in our communities do not need lawyers to be granted respect. Unrepresented parties that come into court and appear before our judges are granted all the respect that our system of justice demands. The lawyers, court staff, sheriffs, judges….everyone works together to respect that code. Consumers and citizens should take the time to get out of their homes and come into our area’s courtrooms. See their courts in action. See the judges wrangling massive case loads, see the staff working hard, see the fairness and equal justice in action.
One passing shot–the comment by Anthony DiMarco is a lie. A blatant, bald-faced insulting lie. He keeps repeating an accusation that they got away with making years ago. Shame on him.