Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
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Indianapolis, IN 46204

Lilia G. Judson, Esq.
Executive Director

David J. Remondini, Esq.
Chief Deputy Executive Director

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State Court Administration > Programs & Projects > Mortgage Foreclosure Trial Court Assistance Project > Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force The Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force and Settlement Conference Statistics

The Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force was formed by the Indiana Supreme Court 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.

Settlement Conference Statistics

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 Pilot Counties (4/1/10 – 10/1/13):
  • 26,431 telephone conferences were scheduled;
  • 15,869 telephone conferences were held (the remaining 10,562 borrowers failed to appear);
  • 13,859 borrowers were eligible for a settlement conference;
  • 12,592 settlement conferences were requested;
  • 12,574 settlement conferences were held;
  • 6,442 conferences resulted in workouts (5,680 in a stay-in-home workout);
  • 5,524 conferences resulted in foreclosure (including 952 in which the borrower failed to appear); and  
  • 608 conferences are being followed up by the facilitator.
  • In MFTCAP pilot counties, nearly 47 percent of borrowers will request a settlement conference, compared with a less than 15 percent request rate in non-pilot counties. 
  • Of the conferences that take place in these pilot counties, 51.2 percent result in a workout, 43.9 percent result in foreclosure, and 4.8 percent end with the parties still in negotiations.  An average of nearly one in four eligible borrowers throughout Indiana negotiates a foreclosure-prevention agreement under this program.
  • It has been estimated that each averted foreclosure saves local communities and stakeholders around $40,000.  Using this figure, from April 2010 through September 2014, the MFTCAP has preserved more than $257 million of value in Indiana communities.