(a) Appointment; Powers.
A court of appeals may appoint a special master to hold
hearings, if necessary, and to recommend factual findings and
disposition in matters ancillary to proceedings in the court.
Unless the order referring a matter to a master specifies or
limits the masterís powers, those powers include, but are not
limited to, the following:
(1) regulating all aspects of a hearing;
(2) taking all appropriate action for the efficient
performance of the masterís duties under the order;
(3) requiring the production of evidence on all matters
embraced in the reference; and
(4) administering oaths and examining witnesses and parties.
If the master is not a judge or court employee, the court must
determine the masterís compensation and whether the cost is to
be charged to any party.
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