COURTS OF SURVEY AND SCIENTIFIC REFEREES
Reference in difficult cases to scientific persons
447. (1) If the Government is of opinion that an appeal to a Court of Survey involves a question of construction or design or of scientific difficulty or important principle, it may refer the matter to such one or more out of a list of scientific referees to be, from time to time, prepared by the Government as may appear to possess the special qualifications necessary for the particular case and may be selected by agreement between a person duly appointed by the Government in this behalf and the appellant, or in default of any such agreement by the Government; and thereupon the appeal shall be determined by the referee or referees instead of by the Court of Survey.
(2) The Government, if the appellant in any such appeal so requires and gives security to its satisfaction to pay the costs of and incidental to the reference, shall refer such appeal to a referee or referees selected as aforesaid.
(3) The referee or referees shall have the same powers as a Judge of the Court of Survey.
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