(a) Filing the Notice of Appeal. An appeal or cross-appeal permitted by law from a superior court to an appellate court shall be taken by filing a notice of appeal with the clerk of the superior court within the time allowed by Rule 9. If required by the appellate court division, an appellant shall file a civil appeals docketing statement in the superior court not later than 10 days after filing the notice of appeal. Failure of an appellant to take any step other than the timely filing of a notice of appeal does not affect the validity of the appeal, but is a ground only for such action as the appellate court deems appropriate, which may include dismissal of the appeal.

(b) Joint or Consolidated Appeals. If two or more persons are entitled to appeal from a judgment or order of the superior court and their interests are such as to make joinder practicable, they may file a joint notice of appeal, or may join in appeal after filing separate timely notices of appeal, and they may thereafter proceed on appeal as a single appellant. Appeals may be consolidated by order of the appellate court upon its own motion or upon motion of a party, or by stipulation of the parties to the several appeals.

(c) Content of the Notice of Appeal. The notice of appeal shall specify the party or parties taking the appeal, shall designate the judgment or part thereof appealed from, and shall name the court to which the appeal is taken.

(d) Service of the Notice of Appeal. The clerk of the superior court with whom the notice of appeal is filed, shall serve a copy of the notice of appeal upon all other parties. The clerk shall note on each copy served the date on which the notice of appeal was filed, and shall note in the civil docket the names of the parties served, and the date and manner of service. Service shall be sufficient notwithstanding the death of a party or his counsel.

(e) Forms for Notice of Appeal. The notice shall state the title of the court and of the action, shall be signed by the attorney, or, if the party is not represented by an attorney, then by the party, and shall be in substantially the form as provided in the appendix.