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Court extends deadline for start of foreclosure-sale ban

Non-judicial foreclosure transactions can continue on Contra Costa County courthouse grounds until June 2

The Contra Costa County Superior Court has delayed the timetable for implementing its ban of non-judicial foreclosure sales on courthouse grounds, citing concerns raised by groups currently involved in such transactions.

Presiding Judge Barry P. Goode has amended the court order to allow such sales to continue on courthouse property through the end of May -- three and a half months longer than originally scheduled.

"Beginning June 2, 2014, any person engaging in non-judicial foreclosure sales on the grounds of any courthouse in this jurisdiction will be ordered to leave and that person shall be subject to the penalty provisions contained in the general order," court spokesperson Mimi Lyster Zemmelman said in a statement.

The order, approved Nov. 13, was originally set to take effect last Saturday, but that time-frame proved too impractical for foreclosure salespeople, leading Goode to approve an extension, according to Zemmelman.

The prohibition will apply to all non-judicial foreclosure sales, regardless of when the sale was scheduled, and what date and location were specified in the sale notice. Foreclosure sales overseen by the courts will still be allowed on courthouse grounds.

Similar bans were approved in other California counties, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Sonoma.

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