Court-Appointed Masters as Mediators

TitleCourt-Appointed Masters as Mediators
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsSusskind, L
JournalNegotiation Journal

Judges often appoint special masters to help with complex cases. In many of the desegregation cases of the 1970s, for example, special masters were assigned to oversee the development and implementation of court-ordered busing plans. In bankruptcy proceedings, special masters serve as court-appointed executors to preside over the liquidation of holdings. Judges have also appointed special masters to serve as "receivers" of public agencies and to oversee implementation of consent decrees involving reforms at prisons and mental institutions.