The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

By Shira Scheindlin (August 15, 2017, 11:36 AM EDT) -- In the years that I served as a United States district judge, I frequently appointed special masters and made such appointments in a variety of contexts. Although some judges are fans of using special masters, many others have never done so.[1] This is unfortunate. It is my firm view that these appointments are very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay.

I begin by recalling the appointments I made over the years. I appointed settlement masters in several cases where I knew that settlement negotiations would be protracted...

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