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Rule 53

Rule 53. Appearance and withdrawal of counsel.

(a) Appearance. An attorney shall appear in proceedings byfiling a written notice of appearance with the court or by appearing personallyat a court hearing and advising the court that he is representing a party. Oncean attorney has entered an appearance in a proceeding, the attorney shallreceive copies of all notices served on the parties.

(b) Withdrawal.

(b)(1) Retained Counsel. Consistent with the Rules ofProfessional Conduct, a retained attorney may withdraw as counsel of recordunless withdrawal may result in a delay of trial or unless a final appealableorder has been entered. In such circumstances, a retained attorney may notwithdraw except upon written motion and approval of the court.

(b)(2) Court-appointed counsel. Court-appointed counsel maynot withdraw as counsel of record except upon motion and signed order of thecourt. If the court grants appointed counsel's motion to withdraw, the courtshall promptly appoint new counsel.

(b)(3) If a motion to withdraw is filed after entry by thecourt of a final appealable judgment, order, or decree, the motion may not begranted unless counsel, whether retained or court-appointed, certifies in awritten statement:

(b)(3)(A) that the represented party has been advised of theright to appeal and that, if appropriate, a Notice of Appeal and a Request forTranscript have been filed; and

(b)(3)(B) that the represented party in a delinquencyproceeding has been advised of the availability of a motion for new trial ormotion for stay pending appeal and that, if appropriate, the same has beenfiled.

(b)(4) When an attorney withdraws as counsel of record,written notice of the withdrawal must be served upon the client of thewithdrawing attorney by first class mail, to his or her last known address andupon all other parties not in default and a certificate of service must befiled with the court. If a trial date has been set, the notice of withdrawalserved upon the client shall include a notification of the trial date.

(b)(5) A guardian ad litem may not withdraw except uponapproval of the court.

(c) Parties must submit a written Motion for Substitution ofCounsel setting forth in detail the need for new counsel at least ten daysprior to the next scheduled hearing date unless otherwise allowed by the court.