Referee

Referee in the United States

A quasi-judicial officer who can conduct a hearing on a pending matter and report findings to the court. Referees are typically attorneys and are appointed by judges to handle particular matters. Referees have the authority to take testimony and are often used to gather information in complex cases. The report of a referee’s findings becomes the basis of a court judgment. A similar function is performed by a person known as a master or special master. The term referee is occasionally used in reference to judicial officers who handle traffic or ordinance violations. Most jurisdictions use magistrates to perform this function instead of referees.

See Also

Judge (Judicial Personnel issue) Magistrate (Judicial Personnel issue).

Analysis and Relevance

The term referee derives from the word “refer.” Matters handled by referees are specifically “referred” by a court. Referees relieve the courts from matters of volume and detail. Use of referees also creates a two-stage disposition process where preliminary consideration is given to particular issues that will also be considered by courts. Use of a referee allows courts to focus themselves on the more substantial aspects or “bigger picture” issues of a case.

Notes and References

  1. Definition of Referee from the American Law Dictionary, 1991, California

Referee Definition

The person to whom a reference (q. V.) is made.

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The person to whom a reference (q. V.) is made.

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Note: Some of this information was last updated in 1982

An officer of the court who has power to hear testimony and decide certain facts. The officer then reports to the court those facts upon which the court enters judgment.

(Revised by Ann De Vries)

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Meaning of Referee

In plain or simple terms, Referee means: A person to whom a case is referred by the court to take testimony, hear the parties and report to the court.

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    Referee assignements for matches 1-36, AP Worldstream; May 25, 2002

    Referees Must Apply the Laws of the Game, Daily News (Colombo, Sri Lanka); August 18, 2012

    Referee assignements for matches 41-48, AP Worldstream; June 10, 2002

    Referees at Risk; Managers Need to Realise the Effect Their Outbursts Are Having on Officials, Daily Mail (London); November 30, 1999; McDonnell, David

    REFEREES CRISIS as search begins for Dallas’s successor, Donald McVicar believes ‘nobody outwith Scottish football would want to come here’ ; Hampden role far from pretty vacant jist of the job, The Herald; November 30, 2010

    Referees Becoming the Story of World Cup, AP Online; June 26, 2006; JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer

    Referees committee defends system, The Irish Times; June 12, 2007; Sean Moran GAA Correspondent

    Referees Society AGM on Saturday, Daily News (Colombo, Sri Lanka); January 16, 2014

    Referees in no rush for video technology, The Irish Times; July 13, 2010; IAN O’riordan

    Referees reluctant to speak out freely, The Scotsman; January 11, 2001; Glenn Gibbons

    REFEREES ON SPOT AT CUP BLUNDERS MAR TENSE MATCHES.(Sports), The Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, OH); June 27, 2006

    Referees blow the whistle on gagging; Dallas feels that Scotland’s match officials should be allowed their say to explain key decisions, The Herald; August 25, 1999; Rob Robertson

    Referees set deadline for full backing from clubs, The Scotsman; November 25, 2010; ALAN PATTULLO

    Referees’ mistakes under the spotlight, AP Worldstream; May 30, 2002; NAOMI KOPPEL, Associated Press Writer

    Referees play a vital role in recruitment, Belfast Telegraph; June 13, 2003; Features Editor

    Referees and players must both play ball, The Irish Times; May 14, 2010; LIAM TOLAND;

    Asian referees in FIFA World Cup 2010., UzReport; June 10, 2010

    GAA: Referees’ Amazing Backlash, The Mirror (London, England); August 13, 1999; Keys, Colm

    Referee shortage hurting soccer, Deseret News (Salt Lake City); April 26, 2005; Dan Rasmussen Deseret Morning News

    European referees to snub SFA’s plea and support Scots colleagues, The Scotsman; November 24, 2010; Alan Pattullo

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