(a) Notice of change. Except in actions with only one party, all partiesjoined in the action may, by unanimous agreement and without cause, change thejudge assigned to the action by filing a notice of change of judge. The partiesshall send a copy of the notice to the assigned judge and the presiding judge.The notice shall be signed by all parties and shall state: (1) the name of theassigned judge; (2) the date on which the action was commenced; (3) that allparties joined in the action have agreed to the change; (4) that no otherpersons are expected to be named as parties; and (5) that a good faith efforthas been made to serve all parties named in the pleadings. The notice shall notspecify any reason for the change of judge. Under no circumstances shall morethan one change of judge be allowed under this rule in an action.
(b) Time.Unless extended by the court upon a showing of good cause, the notice must befiled within 90 days after commencement of the action or prior to the notice oftrial setting, whichever occurs first. Failure to file a timely noticeprecludes any change of judge under this rule.
(c) Assignment of action. Upon the filing of a notice of change, the assignedjudge shall take no further action in the case. The presiding judge shallpromptly determine whether the notice is proper and, if so, shall reassign theaction. If the presiding judge is also the assigned judge, the clerk shallpromptly send the notice to the associate presiding judge, to another judge ofthe district, or to any judge of a court of like jurisdiction, who shalldetermine whether the notice is proper and, if so, shall reassign the action.
(d) Nondisclosure to court. No party shall communicate to the court, or causeanother to communicate to the court, the fact of any party's seeking consent toa notice of change.
(e) Rule 63 unaffected. This rule does not affect any rights under Rule 63.