12th Judicial Circuit Forclosure Information

The Statewide Foreclosure Reduction Initiative ends on June 30, 2015.  Effective July 1st, all foreclosure cases will be heard by the circuit civil division judge (Divisions A, B, C, D, and E) that the case is assigned to.  Please review the specific information below regarding Manatee and Sarasota County foreclosures, and please read each Judge’s Requirements before setting hearings or calling the Judicial Assistant.

County Specific Foreclosure Information

Contact Information

DeSoto County: (863) 993-4644

Judge's Requirements

Requirements for Judge Danielle Brewer

Scheduling Foreclosure Hearings

Schedule a Hearing on JACS

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Effective December 1, 2015, both division judges will have their own foreclosure calendar on JACS for you to schedule foreclosure motion hearings.

Hearings should be scheduled on the following JACS calendars:

Important Information Before You Send a Trial Notice

Please read the Foreclosure Non-Jury Trial Requirements

Foreclosure trials are heard one day per month by a senior judge. After you properly file a trial notice you will receive an order setting the case for trial.

Contact Information Regarding Trials Only

Aimee Smith - asmith@jud12.flcourts.org

Judge's Requirements

All foreclosure motion hearings are being heard by the circuit civil division judges.  Please review the Judge’s Requirements for each judge, as there is specific information for setting foreclosure hearings there. 

Scheduling Foreclosure Hearings

Schedule a Hearing on JACS

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Sarasota County Foreclosure Trial Information

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the foreclosure trials in Sarasota County currently set for April 2, 2020, April 23, 2020 and May 28, 2020 are continued. Each will be rescheduled for trial on Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. at the Silvertooth Judicial Center, 2002 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, Florida 34237.

The Court will endeavor to get orders cancelling and rescheduling in each affected case; however, this may take some time given operational capabilities.


Please thoroughly read the requirements for both of the circuit civil division judges, the general civil magistrate and the Sarasota County Foreclosure Requirements.

Scheduling Hearings
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Rules of Professional Conduct and Judicial Administration for Foreclosure Cases

Attorneys shall make reasonable efforts to expedite litigation consistent with the interests of their client. A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client. R. REGULATING FLA. BAR – 4-3.2 and 4-1.3.

Judges and lawyers have a professional obligation to conclude litigation as soon as it is reasonably and justly possible to do so. FL. R. JUD. ADMIN. – 2.545.

A trial judge must take specific steps to monitor and control the pace of litigation, including 1) implementing necessary docket control policies to advance priority cases to ensure prompt resolution, and 2) advancing the trial setting of older cases. FL. R. JUD. ADMIN. – 2.545.

In general, a presumptively reasonable time period for completion of a Civil Non-Jury case should be roughly 12 months (from filing to final disposition).  FL. R. JUD. ADMIN.  – 2.250.

Cancellation or continuances of hearings and trials affects judicial economy and contributes to the backlog, therefore “Calendar Conflicts” which are not in strict compliance with FL. R. JUD. ADMIN. 2.550 (c) will NOT be considered.

It is with these rules in mind that the 12th Circuit developed and implemented the practices and procedures set forth herein.