Title 12
Criminal Procedure

Chapter 17

R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-17-1

§ 12-17-1. Trial in superior court only on indictment, information, or appeal — Venue.

No person shall be put on trial for any offense before the superior court except upon indictment found by a grand jury, or upon an information signed by the attorney general or one of the attorney general’s designated assistants, or upon appeal from the sentence of a district court, and, unless otherwise provided by law, the trial shall be held before the superior court in the county in which the offense may lawfully be alleged to have been committed or shall have been committed and not elsewhere, but this provision and all other general and special provisions fixing the venue of criminal actions shall be subject to the exception that proceedings by indictment, information, or on appeal for offenses alleged to have been committed or committed in the county of Bristol shall be had in the county of Providence.

History of Section.
G.L. 1896, ch. 285, §§ 1, 7; C.P.A. 1905, §§ 1179, 1180; G.L. 1909, ch. 354, §§ 1, 7; G.L. 1909, ch. 354, § 31; P.L. 1915, ch. 1261, § 1; G.L. 1923, ch. 407, § 31; G.L. 1938, ch. 625, § 31; G.L. 1956, § 12-17-1; P.L. 1974, ch. 118, § 13.