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A party can act pro se and represent themselves, so it would not be an issue if they appeared and were not represented. It could still go forward. However, if they simply failed to appear, it would be at the discretion of the Judge to take action against them and/or rule, on any issues which are present at the time, being argued by the party who is present. If a party can not appear, they should motion the court for a continuance, so that the hearing date is reset. If nothing is done, the Judge may decide to proceed or could reset it yet or order that the party who failed to appear come before the court and explain why, as they could be held in contempt.
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