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Yes, there is enough time one month prior to trial to subpoena them. They are obligated to show up in court. If they are really sick, they need to present a doctor's note to the court to prove so or you can have them held in contempt and ask the court to even issue a body attachment (arrest notice) on them for the contempt of court and also to fine them for not appearing. They absolutely have to show in person.
The defendant can waive his appearance and have his attorney appear for him, but if the defendant does not do so then they must be present in court as well. The plaintiff the same thing, they can waive appearance if they have an attorney, but if not they must be there or risk having their case dismissed.
Of course the plaintiff or defendant could be sick, but the court will require proof of the sickness.
Yes, this hearing is just to hear about whether or not the default should be issued, witnesses are not generally needed at this hearing.
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