A plaintiff who is represented by counsel does not need to appear in court for a Trial Setting Conference. Only the lawyer representing the plaintiff needs to appear in court. There is no basis to dismiss the court for a plaintiff's failure to appear at case management conferences or trial setting conferences.
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A trial setting conference is usually attended by counsel without the party, although there is nothing preventing a party from attending. The trial itself is usually attended by both the attorney and the party, but there is no requirement that the party attend. As a practical matter, parties usually attend portions of the trial and in most instances will take the stand to testify at some pint.
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An attorney can appear at virtually any court conference, particularly one focusing on procedural issues, without the client, unless the court specifically directed the parties themselves to be present for some reason. However, at the trial itself, the plaintiff is the only one who can testify in his/her own behalf - the attorney can't do that for the client.