Legal Definition and Related Resources of Master in chancery
Meaning of Master in chancery
(anciently master of the chancery) (Law Lat. magister eancellariae). In equity practice. An important officer of courts of equity, who acts as assistant to the chancellor or judge, and whose principal duty consists in inquiring into various matters referred to him for the purpose, and reporting thereon to the court. Wharton; Holthouse. 180 111. App. 538; 169 111. 495. In England, there are twelve of these masters, of whom the master of the rolls is the chief. These officers were originally the chief clerks of the chancery (clerici de prima forma), 180 111. App. 538; 169 111. 495; who acted as the assessors or council of the lord chancellor (collaterales et socii cancellarii). 2 Reeve, Hist. Eng. Law, 251. According to Mr. Spence, they obtained the title of “masters” in the reign of Edward III. 1 Spence, Ch. 360. But they appear to have had the title of praeceptores at a much earlier period. 2 Reeve, Hist. Eng. Law, ubi supra; Crabb, Hist. Eng. Law, 1§4.
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Meaning of Master in Chancery in the Past
An officer of the court of chancery.
Notes and References
- Partialy, this information about master in chancery is based on the BouvierÂ´s Law Dictionary, 1848 edition. There is a list of terms of the BouvierÂ´s Law Dictionary, including master in chancery.