Upon consent of the parties, any or all of the issues in an action may be referred to a hearing before a referee. When the parties do not consent, upon the application of any party or on the court’s own motion, the matter may be sent to a reference. A reference is a proceeding that is presided over by an individual known as a referee. The matter may be sent to a reference in cases where the trial involves the examination of a complicated account, where the taking of an account is necessary for information of the court before judgment and where the case involves a complicated issue of boundary or in person view of the premises.
In this case on Plaintiff’s (our client’s) motion, the court ordered the matter to a reference to hear matters pertaining to the calculation of a consulting fee based upon the sale of memberships in a marina at Atlantic Beach, NC. After reviewing all of the evidence presented and hearing testimony regarding the accounting and computation of the consulting fee, the referee ruled in favor of our client and the award was subsequently confirmed as a judgment by the court.