Master Law and Legal Definition

Master is a person who has personal authority over another's services; especially a principal who employs another to perform one or more services and who controls or has the right to control the physical conduct of the other in the performance of the services.

The term master is used to denote a parajudicial officer such as a referee, an auditor, an examiner, or an assessor who are specially appointed to help a court with its proceedings. For example, a master may take testimony, hear and rule on discovery disputes, enter temporary orders, and handle other pretrial matters, as well as computing interest, valuing annuities, and investigating encumbrances on land titles with a written report to the court. This position is also known as special master.

This term has other meanings also. Master is one who has control over a servant or apprentice. This term is synonym to a schoolmaster, who is employed in teaching children.