The court in its discretion may appoint a referee for sale and a referee for division, or may appoint a single referee for both.California Code of Civil Procedure § 873.020
This statute means that, when there is a property that is being divided by both partition by sale and partition in kind, the court may appoint separate referees for each manner of partition or it may appoint the same referee. Indeed, Code of Civil Procedure § 872.830 entitled “Partial Division and Sale” specifically allows for co-owned property to be sold, in part, and divided, in part, as part of a partition action.
Law Revision Commission Comments to California Code of Civil Procedure § 873.020
In 1976, the California Law Revision Commission explained California Code of Civil Procedure § 873.020 as follows:
Section 873.020 is new. It makes clear the court’s discretion to appoint referees with different functions where property in an action is to be both divided and sold.
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