Eviction and foreclosure hearings will be held virtually, raising questions over whether that’s fair





Eviction and foreclosure hearings will be held virtually, raising questions over whether that’s fair

By Caroline Glenn

Orlando Sentinel

Aug 13, 2020 at 10:37 AM


With eviction and foreclosure filings expected to start pouring into Florida courts, the way hearings will be conducted is going to be vastly different than before the coronavirus pandemic upended normal life.


Under an emergency order from the state’s Supreme Court that largely suspended in-person proceedings, renters and homeowners will plead their cases not from inside a courtroom but, in most situations, in front of a computer screen.

Local court officials have been testing the system with domestic violence cases and are confident hearings will run smoothly. However, some housing advocates worry that holding hearings over video could make it more difficult to ensure residents get a fair shot at defending themselves.

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