(1) The court may, at any stage of a proceeding, make an order referring a question in the proceeding to a referee to—(a) conduct an inquiry into the question; and(b) prepare a report (the
"referee’s report" ) to the court on the question.
(2) However, the court may not make an order under subrule (1) in relation to a question that is required to be tried by a jury.
(3) An order under subrule (1) —(a) must appoint a person as the referee for the question; and(b) must state the question for the referee; and(c) must require the referee to decide the question or give the referee’s opinion on the question; and(d) may direct the referee to give further information in the referee’s report as the court considers appropriate.
(4) In this rule—
"question" means a question—(a) whether of fact or law, or both; and(b) whether identified by the court or raised by pleadings, agreement of the parties or otherwise.