Master of laws

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The master of laws, later called the justiciar, is the king's advisor relating to the administration of justice and is a member of the small council in King's Landing. Duties of the master of laws include managing the dungeons at the Red Keep and supervising the chief gaoler, chief undergaoler, undergaolers, and the King's Justice. The City Watch of King's Landing presumably falls under the bailiwick of the master of laws.[1]


Lord Tristan Massey was the master of laws for the first king to sit the Iron Throne, Aegon I Targaryen.

Lord Jasper Wylde, known as Ironrod, was a master of laws executed during the Dance of the Dragons.[2]

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A Game of Thrones

Lord Renly Baratheon is the master of laws for his brother King Robert Baratheon.[3]

A Clash of Kings

With Renly claiming the throne for himself after Robert's death, the position lies vacant. Renly's brother Stannis, who has also crowned himself, offers to keep him on as master of laws, but has him assassinated when Renly refuses. After Stannis's failed attempt to take the capital, Ser Kevan Lannister serves as master of laws for King Joffrey Baratheon.[4]

A Storm of Swords

Kevan Lannister fills the office in name, but is distraught over his remaining sons' peril and accomplishes little.

A Feast for Crows

After the death of Tywin Lannister, Queen Regent Cersei renames the office justiciar in the style of the Free Cities.[5] Ser Kevan abandons the court after the death of Lord Tywin. Lord Orton Merryweather, Cersei's new justiciar, flees to Longtable when the queen is arrested.[6]

A Dance with Dragons

Lord Randyll Tarly becomes the new justiciar for King Tommen Baratheon.[7]

List of Known Masters of Laws

See also