Thank you. It appears you really might not be aware of how case law research is done as you have provided very scant facts for us to try to even determine what you need (many pro se litigants do not realize how much information is needed to properly search case law as the databases are not that easy to navigate). However, from the facts you provided, what you need to prove is "good cause" for you not appearing, which is grounds for the court to vacate a dismissal against you for not appearing.
According to the NJ courts, the court on hearing a motion to vacate a dismissal (or an appeal on denial of the motion) has to make a determination of the good cause reason why you did not appear. See: Adedoyin v. ARC of Morris County, 325 N.J. Super. 173, 738 A.2d 374 (N.J. Super., 1999). Failure to appear at an unnoticed proceeding is good cause to vacate a dismissal. Farrell v. TCI OF NORTHERN NJ, 875 A.2d 1017, 378 N.J. Super. 341 (N.J. Super., 2005).
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