ASSOCIATE (Lat. associatus, from ad, to, and sociare to join). one who is united with another, and so generally a companion - in particular a subordinate member of an institution or society, as an associate of the Royal Academy, or one holding a degree in a learned society lower than that of fellow. In English law the associates are officers of the supreme court, whose duties are to draw up the list of causes, enter verdicts, hand the records to the parties, etc., and generally to conduct the business of trials. By the Judicature (Officers) Act 1879 they were styled masters of the supreme court, but the office is now amalgamated with the crown office department, of which they are clerks.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)