Indiana Supreme Court Announces Plan to Support Settlement Conferences as Foreclosure Training Sessions End

October 19, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The Indiana Supreme Court and its partners in the “Back Home In Indiana—Guiding Homeowners Through Foreclosure” program will announce how many judges, attorneys and mediators have been trained this summer on how to better handle foreclosure cases.  Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard will also announce why the Court will launch a new plan to support settlement conferences.

Monday, October 19th
8:30 a.m. CDT
Court Building
123 NW Fourth Street, Suite 514
Evansville, Indiana 47708

Chief Justice Randall Shepard will be joined by Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Melissa May, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, State Senator Karen Tallian, State Representative Gail Riecken and Division of State Court Administration Executive Director Lilia Judson to answer questions about the completed training effort and the plan to support settlement conferences.

In January, Chief Justice Shepard announced a plan to train more judges, attorneys and mediators than any other state on how to deal with foreclosure cases. The training also included an effort to encourage attorneys to provide free legal help to homeowners in need of assistance.  The plan was a pledge to the Indiana General Assembly and Indiana Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman who is leading the statewide effort to ward off the housing meltdown through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network.

With a number of government and non-profit agencies working together, more than 30 training sessions were held all across the state.  The training sessions were supported by the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, the Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education, the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, bar associations and law firms across the state, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General and the Indiana Supreme Court.

With the training sessions complete, the Indiana Supreme Court will now turn its attention to a new facet of developing a solution to the mortgage foreclosure problem.  The General Assembly passed a bill requiring settlement conferences between the lender and the homeowner.  The Indiana Supreme Court is working with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to devise a statewide system to organize the local logistics needed to coordinate the requirements for successful settlement conferences.

Contact: Kathryn Dolan
317.234.4722

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