§ 12-17-3. Waiver of jury trial Special findings and rulings.
In all criminal cases the accused may, if he or she shall so elect and with the leave of the court, waive a trial by jury, and in those cases the court shall have jurisdiction to hear and try the cause without a jury and render judgment and pass sentence. In cases so tried the court shall, upon request of the accused, make special finding upon any issue of fact and special ruling upon any question of law arising in the case.
(G.L. 1923, ch. 407, § 78; P.L. 1929, ch. 1335, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 625, § 71; G.L. 1956, § 12-17-3.)