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Unlike civil cases, defendants are supposed to appear at any hearing other than a docket call from which they have been excused. Since the purpose of an omnibus hearing is to ensure that the defendant is being adequately represented, the trial schedule is moving along, etc. then the defendant would be expected to be there unless they have written permission not to attend.
The lawyer could tell you that it is not necessary to be there but if he does be sure you get it in writing so that if the judge gets upset then you are protected.
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