Each of you is representing yourself. None of you can represent any of the others because you are not attorneys. Therefore, each of you needs to appear at each hearing. There are some hearings where telephone appearances are permitted. Usually, one can appear at a CMC via telephone, but it must be arranged by the telephone appearance company used by that court. Usually it is a company called "Courtcall" which is at courtcall.com. You should call the clerk to confirm that the court will allow one or both of you to appear by telephone.
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Just to add one thing to what Mr. Mann and Mr. Langer said. The parties do not have to appear at hearings that do not concern them. If the defendant moves to compel further discovery from one plaintiff, the other plaintiffs need not show up at the hearing.
While I agree with Mr. Mann I also would like to suggest an alternative. You could contact a local attorney who has an office close to the courthouse and ask that individual to make a special appearance for you. In regard to your representation he or she could personally appear or make arrangements to appear by telephone. It takes very little time and the cost is reasonable.
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