They usually set it put later if you request a continuance. You can always ask to advance the trial date although the other side has the right to request another date.
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It is very unusual to advance a trial date, absent a stipulation of all parties. Most likely, the court will continue (postpone) the trial de novo date if you are not available on that date.
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