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They could not get out of appearing unless they could show good cause to the court, as to why they should not have to appear. If their testimony of dispositive of the case and needed as evidence to support your argument or contradict that of the other party, they need to appear. If they do not, they could be held in contempt for violating a court order and asked to appear before the Judge to explain why they did not show up. Obviously, if there are scheduling issues, something needs to be done to accommodate them so they do not miss work.