LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County courts credits the state's Rocket Docket initiative for clearing out a system, swamped with foreclosure filings.
"We got rid of that giant boulder hanging over our heads, that I think everyone felt like was going to crush us," Lee County Clerk of Courts Charlie Green said Friday.
Last July, the state allocated $9 million to help courts flush out foreclosure filings, which were clogging the system.
In Lee County, the program proved successful. 62% of backlogged foreclosure filings were quickly cleared out, leaving the system with a more manageable 6,500 cases today.
But some say the Rocket Docket pushed cases through too fast, often overlooking important parts of the judicial process.
"It's a possibility that yes, there were homes that shouldn't at that time have been taken from the homeowners. At that time it probably shouldn't have happened," Dellutri Law Group attorney Danielle Zemola said Friday.
While funding for the foreclosure docket has dried up, Lee courts hopes to continue to keep cases moving swiftly through the system.
"They're not going to get the force that they had before, but they will go through. I'm hoping we will still be able to allocate some specific time for those," Green said.
Starting next week, foreclosure filings will be heard in a regular, civil court.