Florida Supreme Court To Assess Mediation Program’s Success

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canaday has formed a workgroup to assess the effectiveness of the state's foreclosure mediation program.

The panel will study data and make recommendations to the court on the continuation, modification or possible elimination of the program, Canaday ordered Monday. The group is also to ‘consider other relevant information, including the reduction in the backlog of foreclosure cases by other means,’ the order states.

Comprising five judges and a court administrator, the workgroup is chaired by William D. Palmer, a judge in the Fifth District Court of Appeal. The panel is slated to complete its report by Oct. 21 and deliver its recommendations to Canaday by Oct. 26.

The State Supreme Court is also seeking public comment on the success of Florida's mediation program. The court has additionally asked for recommendations on how to manage pending and new foreclosure cases if the mediation mandate is eliminated. The public comment period ends Oct. 3.

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