PROBATE COURTS AND DECEDENTS' ESTATES
JUDGES OF PROBATE AND THEIR JURISDICTION
547:37 Retired Judges as Masters; Special Masters.
I. Appointment in Contested Cases. A probate judge may appoint as a master in any contested case such former judge of the probate court as has retired therefrom by age limitation when to do so will expedite the business of the court. If a probate judge is unable for any cause to sit in any case, a member of the Bar of New Hampshire who is a disinterested justice of the peace, or a disinterested justice or special justice from a district court, attending upon written request of the sitting judge and approval of the administrative judge of the probate court, may hear as master and make recommendations as to the disposition of the case. Said appointed special master shall keep a record of the case, which shall be kept with and constitute a part of the records of said court, all of which shall be approved by the judge of said court before the order is issued.
II. Compensation. Such master or special master when sitting as master shall be allowed per diem compensation determined by the supreme court upon recommendation by the judicial branch administrative council, established pursuant to supreme court rule, plus reasonable expenses. If the parties are indigent, the probate court, in its discretion, may assess such charges against the state; provided, however, that all bills submitted by the master for compensation shall first be submitted to the probate judge for approval.
Source. 1979, 284:1. 1983, 383:53. 1992, 284:56, eff. Jan. 1, 1993.