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The Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program is a new state-wide program initiated by the Florida Supreme Court for cases filed involving residential homestead property involving commercial loans on or after August 2, 2010.   Despite the name of the program, case management services also include financial counseling, as the program is more comprehensive than mediation.

Because the goal of the overall program is to address the crisis of the cases coming into the court system, it is imperative that the timeline outlined specified in Administrative Order S-2011-010 , as there only 120 days to resolve the issues.

The 13th Judicial Circuit selected the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation to serve as the program manager of the Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program (RMFMP), in compliance with Florida Supreme Court’s Administrative Order SC09-54. The Florida Supreme Court recognized a problem due to the increased number of foreclosures statewide and commissioned a task force to respond on an emergency basis to the residential mortgage foreclosure crisis in Florida. The Task Force on Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Cases concluded effective case management and mediation techniques are the best methods the courts can employ to ensure that such communications occur early enough in the case to avoid wasted time and resources for the courts and the parties. Administrative Order S-2011-010 was entered, establishing the procedures for this program.

The Hillsborough County Bar Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that has demonstrable ability to assist the courts with managing the large number of residential mortgage foreclosure actions that recently have been filed in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit. The chief judge has designated the Hillsborough County Bar Foundation as Program Manager for this circuit, as indicated in Administrative Order S-2011-010.