(a) If no exception to the report of the commissioners is filed within 10 days, the same shall be confirmed. Any party after confirmation may impeach the proceedings and decrees for mistake, fraud or collusion by petition in the cause: Provided, innocent purchasers for full value and without notice shall not be affected thereby.
(b) If an exception to the report of commissioners is filed, the clerk shall do one of the following:
(1) Confirm the report;
(2) Recommit the report for correction or further consideration;
(3) Vacate the report and direct a reappraisal by the same commissioners; or
(4) Vacate the report, discharge the commissioners, and appoint new commissioners to view the premises and make a partition of them.
(c) Appeal from the clerk to superior court of an order of confirmation of the report of commissioners is governed by G.S. 1-301.2 except that the judge may take only the actions specified in subsection (b) of this section and may not adjudge a partition of the land different from that made by the commissioners. (1868-9, c. 122, s. 5; Code, s. 1896; Rev., s. 2494; C.S., s. 3230; 1947, c. 484, s. 2; 1999-216, s. 11.)