§56-7-2. Order of reference before case on docket.
The judge of any court having jurisdiction to try or hear
chancery causes may, in vacation or in term time, though the cause
be not upon the court docket, make an order in any cause pending in
his court at any time after process has been duly served on the
defendants or such of them as may appear to be interested in the
subject matter upon which the commissioner is to report, or at any
time after such defendants have entered their appearance in such
cause, referring the same to a commissioner for the purpose of
stating any proper account or reporting upon any matter as to which
it is proper there should be a commissioner's report in such cause.
But no such order of reference shall be made in any cause until
reasonable notice in writing has been served upon the opposite
party, or his attorney, of the time and place of making application