Appointing Masters Handbook
The ACAM Benchbook provides invaluable information to judges and lawyers regarding the best use of special masters. Our civil justice system needs the services that judicial adjuncts can provide the courts, parties, and the public. This benchbook explains how special masters can be used to fulfill our mission to provide a just, speedy, and inexpensive determination for all disputes. We encourage you to tell the judges in your area about its availability and usefulness.
The ACAM Benchbook is available free of charge. You can download your own copy, 3-hole punch it, and place it in a binder or view and download sections as described below.
Section 1 - Types of Appointments. Summary of the various roles judicial adjuncts can serve.
Section 2 - Appointment Orders. Explains the rules that govern appointment orders and provides a detailed checklist of items to include in an appointment order.
- Sample Form Order - Includes language to fit most situations
- Sample Appointment Order 1 - Where Master will serve as mediator and was previously serving as mediator through an ADR administrator
- Sample Appointment Order 2 - Where Master will supervise discovery in a criminal case
- Sample Appointment Order 3 - Where Master will serve as mediator in a class action, Pigford v. Glickman, No. 97-1978 (D.D.C. Jan. 4, 2000)
Sample Appointment Order 4 - Where Master will serve as a conference judge in a criminal case
Sample Appointment Order 5 - Where Master will serve various roles in multi-district litigation, In re: Welding Rod Prods. Liab. Litig., 2004 WL 3711622 (N.D. Ohio Nov. 10,2004)
Section 3 - Ethical Issues and Practical Concerns. Explains the sources of authority for ethics rules that govern judicial adjuncts, gives an overview of the rules, and provides a checklist for judges to review with their adjuncts early in the appointment.