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Rule 57

Rule 57. Change of judge as a matter of right.

(a) Notice of change. In any action commenced in thejuvenile court after April 15, 1992, all parties joined in the action may, byunanimous agreement and without cause, change the judge assigned to the actionby filing a notice of change of judge. The parties shall send a copy of thenotice to the assigned judge and the presiding judge. The notice shall besigned by all parties and shall state: (1) the name of the assigned judge; (2)the date on which the action was commenced; (3) that all parties joined in theaction have agreed to the change; (4) that no other persons are expected to benamed as parties; and (5) that a good faith effort has been made to serve allparties named in the pleadings. The notice shall not specify any reason for thechange of judge. Under no circumstances shall more than one change of judge beallowed under this rule in an action.

(b) Time. In other actions involving neglect, abuse,dependency, termination of parental rights, custody, support or visitation, thenotice shall be filed no later than thirty days after the first hearing. Inactions involving delinquency, certification for criminal proceedings indistrict court, truancy or status matters, the notice shall be filed no laterthan twenty days after the first hearing. In misdemeanor actions againstadults, the notice shall be filed no later than 7 days after arraignment. In noevent shall the notice be filed later than adjudication. Failure to file atimely notice precludes any change of judge under this rule.

(c) Assignment of action. Upon the filing of a notice ofchange, the assigned judge shall take no further action in the case. Thepresiding judge shall promptly determine whether the notice is proper and, ifso, shall reassign the action. If the presiding judge is also the assignedjudge, the clerk shall promptly send the notice to the assistant presidingjudge or the Chief Justice, who shall determine whether the notice is properand, if so, shall reassign the action.

(d) Nondisclosure to court. No party shall communicate tothe court, or cause another to communicate to the court, the fact of anyparty's seeking consent to a notice of change.

(e) Bias rules unaffected. This rule does not affect anyrights a party may have under Utah R. Civ. P. 63 and Utah R. Cr. P. 29.