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A client has the right to "fire" their attorney at any time during a case, whether it is during a trial or in the initial stages. The client would have to formally terminate the attorney and then the attorney would move to withdraw from the case by filing a motion to withdraw.
As a general rule, this would entitle the party to a continuance in the case so they can retain new counsel and get them up to speed with the case.
This happens fairly frequently so judges don't take it one way or another. It is just part of the case.
But if you have lost confidence in the attorney's ability to handle the case, I don't see any reason for keeping them on the payroll and incurring the additional cost of another co-counsel.