(a) The court may, with the consent of the parties, appoint three referees to divide or sell the property as ordered by the court.
While appointing three referees in a partition action is exceedingly rare, the courts do have the authority to appoint up to three different partition referees. More commonly, Code of Civil Procedure § 873.020 is the authority cited for appointment of one referee.
Law Revision Commission Comments to California Code of Civil Procedure § 873.030
In 1976, the California Law Revision Commission explained California Code of Civil Procedure § 873.030 as follows:
Section 873.030, providing for court appointment of three referees only with the consent of the parties, replaces provisions of former Section 763 that provided for appointment of three referees as a matter of course.
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