“Master” Changed to “Hearing Officer” in O.C. Rules

The Supreme Court has adopted 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,” and the proposed changes were published in August 2021. “Order Amending Rules 1,3, 2.11, 9.1, 9.2, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6, 9.7 and 9.8 of the Pennsylvania Rules of Orphans’ Court Procedure; 898 Supreme Court Rules Docket” (1/6/2022), 52 Pa.B. 441 (1/22/2022).

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