Yes. You should plan on appearing at every hearing in your case, even if you and your attorney expect very little to happen at a particular hearing.

There are several types of hearings where you may not say or do anything. The names for these types of hearings vary and range from: "status conferences," "reviews," "pretrial conferences," and "scheduling conferences." Even though you may not expect to testify or participate in one of these hearings, and even if the opposing counsel has told their client (your opposing party) that they do not need to appear, you should plan on being present. Judges have broad discretion in handling hearings, and a judge may decide they need information from you, or your lawyer may need your input on the spot about a decision that could affect some part of your case. By appearing, you show that you are actively involved and interested in the outcome of your case. You will be better informed about the status of the case, the demeanor and temperament of the judge, and the working relationships between the attorneys, the judge, and court staff.  

We recognize that life happens, and sometimes circumstances do not permit appearance at every court date. However, if you think you may not be able to be present at court, you should let your attorney know in advance to discuss your options. Options may include a request for a continuance, or you may be able to appear by video or telephone. If you cannot participate and appear at a hearing, you should reach out to the law office after the hearing and ask what happened and if there is anything specific that you need to know or do.