BEND, Ore. (AP) — The seven judges in Deschutes County Circuit Court have seen a sharp uptick in their foreclosure workload.
The Bulletin newspaper of Bend (http://is.gd/EzkEYp ) reports that the circuit court scheduled 323 initial foreclosure hearings between January and September. That's more than double the hearings scheduled for all of last year and six times the number from 2010.
The newspaper reports that banks have been avoiding non-judicial foreclosures because of the state's new foreclosure mediation law and an Oregon Court of Appeals ruling against lenders that use an electronic database to record mortgage transfers.
Court officials say more trials on contested foreclosures could mean less time for judges to hear other cases.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com