Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste. 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Lilia G. Judson, Esq.
Interim Chief Administrative Officer
The Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force was formed by the Indiana Supreme Court's Division of State Court Administration in October 2010, shortly after information of mortgage “robo-signing” began to hit the news. The Task Force is composed of judges, creditor and consumer advocates, representatives of the Indiana Attorney General, academics, and mortgage foreclosure facilitators. The Task Force's first assignment was the creation of the “Mortgage Foreclosure Best Practices,” a laundry list of advisory guidelines created in an attempt to assist trial courts and litigants in navigating the dense, often confusing world of mortgage foreclosure litigation.
These Best Practices were published to the Supreme Court’s website on January 3, 2011. Also on January 3, the Indiana Attorney General petitioned the Court to adopt these advisory Best Practices as mandatory guidelines for trial courts. On October 7, 2011, the Court issued an order requesting that the Best Practices be continually updated by the Task Force. The Court’s decision rested largely on the fact that many of these Best Practices had been incorporated into the mortgage foreclosure statute by Senate Enrolled Act 582, effective July 1, 2011. Another consideration was the fact that mortgage foreclosure industry practices change so frequently that any hard-and-fast rules may quickly become moot.
The Task Force meets to discuss issues in Indiana foreclosure legislation and potential additions and changes to the Best Practices.
The Mortgage Foreclosure Trial Court Assistance Project was launched in April 2010 in three counties - Allen, Marion, and St. Joseph. Since then, the program has expanded to include an additional 23 counties, including the 10 hardest-hit by foreclosure (Marion, Lake, Allen, St. Joseph, LaPorte, Porter, Vanderburgh, Hamilton, Hendricks, and Johnson).In 26 Counties Utilizing Mortgage Foreclosure Facilitators (4/1/10 – 10/1/15):