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Until 1972, a judicial officer of the Supreme Court to whom certain matters could be referred, usually cases involving prolonged examination of accounts or large numbers of small items (such as building claims). The office was abolished by the Courts Act 1971 but the functions previously discharged by official referees can now be discharged by circuit judges nominated by the Lord Chancellor to take official referees' business. The official referee's court is now known as the Technology and Construction Court and official referees as judges of the Technology and Construction Court.

Subjects: Law.


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