No. The defendant does not have to appear at the trial if he or she has hired an attorney. Obviously, if the defendant is not present he or she cannot testify. Based on your question, I am assuming that you are the plaintiff in this action. You have the burden of proof in your case. The defendant doesn't have to prove anything and can still win.
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