AS TO TRIAL OF SEPARATE ISSUES
1. If it appears to the Judge that there is in any cause or matter a question of law which it would be convenient to have decided before any evidence is given or any question or issue of fact is tried, the Judge may make an order accordingly, and may direct such question of law to be raised for the opinion of the court, either by special case or in such other manner as the Judge may deem expedient, and all such further proceedings as the decision of such question of law may render unnecessary may thereupon be stayed.
2. The Judge may in any cause or matter, at any time or from time to time, order that different questions of fact arising therein be tried by different modes of trial, or that one or more questions of fact be tried before the others.