Kimberly Miller, Palm Beach Post

Florida’s courts are clearing thousands of foreclosure cases from their dockets each month, but still grapple with a sizable backlog as new filings nearly keep pace with closed cases.

From July 1 through March 31, judges moved 168,589 foreclosures cases out of the system statewide, including 13,054 in Palm Beach County.

But 143,772 cases were added during the same time period, resulting in a net reduction of less than 25,000 files, according to a new report from the Office of the State Courts Administrator.

In Palm Beach County, 10,349 cases were added, resulting in a net reduction of 2,705.

Florida lawmakers gave the state’s 20 circuit courts $4 million beginning in July to help reduce the logjam of foreclosures with additional case managers and senior judges.

Still, Palm Beach County’s pending caseload of foreclosures stands at 30,272. Broward County has the highest backlog of cases with 42,992. Miami-Dade is second highest with 41,681.

State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner said she’s not overly concerned about the backlog of foreclosure cases and believes the courts are on target to clear a goal of 224,785 cases by the end of June.

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