Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady issued a memorandum Wednesday directing chief judges of the state’s trial courts to make sure foreclosure proceedings are open to the public.

Canady’s memo also emphasized that the Trial Court Budget Commission’s goal of resolving 62 percent of foreclosure cases should not prevent judges from deciding each one fairly on its merits. A $6 million special appropriation for foreclosure cases is 62 percent of what the courts requested to clear the state’s backlog so the goal was set at that level.