Title 9, Chapter 14, Section 14
If the return denies any of the material facts stated in the
petition or alleges other facts upon which issue is taken, the judge
hearing the return may in a summary manner hear testimony as to the
issue. To that end, he may compel the attendance of witnesses and
the production of papers, may adjourn the examination of the
question, or may exercise any other power of a court which the
principles of justice may require.