The Florida 11th Judicial Circuit (Miami-Dade County) launched online dispute resolution (ODR) for eviction cases. Congratulations to the Court and to the County for extending options to the people of south Florida.
CourtHELP (court Housing Eviction Landlord/Tenant Portal) is an online dispute resolution platform for eviction cases. The goals of the project are to allow for early resolutions prior to the full court process and increase access to justice.
“As eviction moratoriums end, courts statewide are bracing for a sharp rise in eviction cases….We believe that courtHELP will make it easy for landlords and tenants to start communicating and resolving their differences early on – well before the case proceeds to a full court process.”
Honorable Nushin G. Sayfie, Chief Judge of the Miami-Dade Courts, quoted in the media release
“The eviction process is what happens when the relationship between landlord and tenant is broken. This platform gives both sides a simple way to work out their differences quickly and get the help they need.”Miami-Dade Commissioner Raquel Regalado, quoted in the media release.
“Launching courtHELP is an important step forward in our ongoing efforts to address the housing crisis….I’m proud the County is partnering with Miami-Dade Courts to innovate and better facilitate negotiations between tenants and landlords. We are committed to doing everything we can to protect struggling landlords and tenants and get relief to those in need; this is an important new tool in our toolkit to proactively prevent evictions.”Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, quoted in the media release.
You may view the full announcement/press conference on the Court’s YouTube channel.
The court launched online case resolution for traffic in spring of 2020. Now they are adding ODR for eviction cases. Both the traffic platform and the eviction case platform are powered by Matterhorn.
This launch could not come at a better time given the scale of eviction filings expected as eviction moratoria expire. Congratulations again!