(a) Closing of proofs before master.
(1) Time fixed by court. Upon reference to a master to take testimony, the court
motion of any party shall fix a time within which each party shall close proofs. By
stipulation of the parties or by order of the master upon good cause shown, the time so fixed
may be extended for not more than ten days for either party. Further extensions may be
granted upon order of court.
(2) Time fixed by master. If no time is fixed by the court for closing of proofs, the
upon motion of any party shall fix a time within which each party shall close proofs. Upon
good cause shown, the master may extend the time so fixed. If a party fails to close proofs
within the time fixed, the master may proceed as if proof had been closed.
(1) Stenographer's affidavit. The master's certificate of stenographer's fees must be
accompanied by an affidavit of the stenographer who transcribed the testimony stating the
actual number of words per page in the transcript of testimony and the rate per folio actually
charged for the reporting and transcription.
(2) Taxing fees. Master's and stenographer's fees may be taxed against a party who
occasions any improper proceedings before the master not warranted by the interests of
justice or by the rights of the parties.
(3) Disallowance. The court in its discretion may disallow master's fees in whole or
in respect to any improper proceedings or failure to make a timely report occasioned by the
fault of the master.
(c) Master's rulings on evidence.
(1) Ruling. The master shall rule upon all objections concerning the admissibility
evidence or propriety of questions put by the attorneys at the time the objections are
(2) Review of exclusion. A master's ruling excluding offered evidence must be
by the court upon the motion of the aggrieved party before the master files his report and
after the closing of proofs. If the court sustains the ruling, the master shall proceed to make
his report upon the evidence admitted by him. If the court finds the ruling erroneous, the
master shall take further evidence as the court directs.
(3) Review of admission. A master's ruling admitting evidence over objection must
reviewed by the court upon the motion of the aggrieved party after the closing of proofs but
not later than the hearing by the court of exceptions to the report.
(4) Interlocutory review. Upon motion made in good faith and a showing that good
for immediate review exists, the court may order the master to certify the question of his
ruling on evidence to the court for review before the closing of proofs.
(5) Motion to dismiss. The master shall rule upon a motion to dismiss made at the
the plaintiff's case.
(d) Accounting before masters. A party ordered to render an accounting shall file
master at the time directed a statement of his account in the form of debits and credits.
(e) Abstracts of evidence received by masters. For a hearing on exceptions to a
report on a reference to take testimony and report conclusions, the court may order the
excepting party to prepare and file an abstract of the testimony and may fix the time for the
filing thereof. The excepting party shall serve upon the opposing attorney a copy of the