Changing “Master” to “Hearing Officer”

The Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee is considering amendments to a number of Orphans’ Court rules to change references to “master” to “hearing officer.” The purpose of the amendments is to eliminate a term that has “a perjorative connotation” in “modern parlance outside of court.” The term has already been replaced, or is being replaced, in other bodies of rules. Comments should be submitted to by September 24, 2021. “Proposed Amendment of Rules 1,3, 2.11, 9.1, 9.2, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6, 9.7 and 9.8 of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules,” 51 Pa.B. 5194 (8/21/2021).

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