Who Can Make a Decision in the Application?
Both judges and masters hear applications; however, in most cases a master will hear your application.
A master has a job very similar to a judge. They sit in court, hear applications, and make decisions. There are however some orders that a master can not do that a judge can. In general, a master cannot hear an application that results in a final order (one that ends the case). This means that you would not appear before a master for a summary trial.
A Master is appointed to the Supreme Court of BC similar to a Justice; however, Masters have different authority than Justices under the Supreme Court Act (see Section 11.3) and cannot make decisions on all the matters that Justices can. You can address a Master by saying “Your Honour”.
When preparing the documents for your application, you must state whether your application is within the jurisdiction of (in other words, can be heard by) a judge or master. Make sure that you know whether your application needs to be heard by a judge. If you appear before a master who cannot hear your application, you will be forced to reschedule your hearing.