Maybe the "rocket docket" isn’t such a good thing after all. As Lee Circuit Court and others grapple with caseload control by using expedited calendars, Miami solo practitioner Richard Burton is starting a pro bono project to protect homeowners from foreclosure.
He maintains speedy dockets are dangerous because down-on-their-luck homeowners with valid claims might be able to defend foreclosures if they had more time.
"No one wants to be the last guy dying in Vietnam," Burton said. "Give these people a chance to see if they qualify for some kind of a modification."
For homeowners to be eligible for representation by the Foreclosure Project launched by Burton, he said they must live in the home as a primary residence and have bought or refinanced it since 2001.
"In the name of expedience, we’re throwing out the trash that happens to be our citizens," he said.
"These people are trying to find someone to give them decent advice. Many of these foreclosures are deficient on their face."
Burton is encouraging other lawyers to jump in.
"There is no pride in authorship," he said.