United States Supreme Court
253 U.S. 300 (1920)
The District Court for the Southern District of New York (District Court) appointed an auditor in Peterson’s case to conduct a preliminary hearing to determine the amounts due for coal sold and delivered. These amounts were necessary to make a determination in the case. The order appointing the auditor stated that the auditor would not “finally determine any of the issues in this action.” Peterson petitioned for a writ of mandamus, arguing that the District Court did not have the authority to appoint an auditor in this manner and that doing so violated his Seventh Amendment right to a trial by jury.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brandeis, J.)
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