24.5.340 MASTERS AND EXAMINERS--PROCEDURE--RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BENCH ORDERS (1) The court shall appoint masters or examiners when, in the judgment of the court, justice will be served.

(2) Masters will be appointed and serve pursuant to Rule 53, Mont.R.Civ.P. In the event that a master is appointed, the procedures set forth in Rule 53 shall be utilized insofar as they relate to a trial without a jury.

(3) Examiners will be appointed and serve pursuant to 2-4-611, MCA. However, because of the overriding concern in a workers' compensation case to render a prompt decision, especially in matters concerning the payment of a workers' biweekly compensation benefits, and because of the time delays inherent in the procedures set forth in 2-4-621 and 2-4-622, MCA, such provisions are not appropriate in workers' compensation court proceedings within the meaning of 39-71-2903, MCA. In lieu thereof, the court will utilize the following procedure in cases where a hearing examiner has been appointed.

(4) An examiner may, during or at the conclusion of a trial or a pretrial conference, advise the parties that an interlocutory order for payment of benefits or other relief to a party appears to be justified and such an order will be forthwith submitted for approval by the judge. (History: Sec. 2-4-201, MCA; IMP, Sec. 2-4-201, 39-71-2901, MCA; NEW, 1983 MAR p. 1715, Eff. 11/26/83; PREV. Rule #, ARM 2.52.221; TRANS, from Admin., 1989 MAR p. 2117, Eff. 12/22/89; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 675; Eff. 4/1/94.)

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