A recent article in the Wall Street Journal talks about the position of a special master being assigned to help federal judges with pre-trial work on very complex cases.
There is a similar scenario going on at the state level, according to retired Superior Court Judge Eugene Hyman, of Santa Clara, California. He says this benefits the lawyers in these large cases because they can get a faster resolution and it ultimately helps facilitate a settlement of the case.
Special masters do more than just help manage and move the case along, says Hyman. Sometimes, they have to order experts or encourage the parties to have agreed upon experts, he adds.
The special masters have a lot of responsibility and to have keep a lot of people happy, in a away that the actual judge isn't required, says Hyman. "It isn't a cake walk by any means," he notes.
Honorable Judge Eugene Hyman has received numerous awards and
recognition for his work with families and children and has appeared on
numerous television news shows. For more information, visit www.judgehyman.com. He is also a featured commentator on The Family Law Channel and The Legal Broadcast Network. For more information on the article in the Wall Street Journal, click here.