A while back, the Chief Judge in the State of New York issued an order that was a commonsense approach to robo-signing. He ordered each lawyer representing a foreclosing bank to submit an affidavit about their own investigation of their own case and the reliability of the documents they were presenting to the court. He ordered that no case could proceed until this affidavit, which would make the lawyer liable for sanctions and perjury if falsely issued, was filed with the court.

It was a great idea, though bank lawyers have resisted doing it and lower court judges have, self destructively in my opinion, been lax about enforcing it.