You can file a Motion for Continuance if you have good cause that prevents you from attending court. Please refer to Local Rule 4.20 (PDF). Filing a Motion for Continuance (PDF) does not mean that it will be granted. Continuances may be denied. The court will issue an order either granting your continuance and setting a new date (OR) denying your continuance request. If the motion is denied the hearing will go forward as scheduled, even if you are not there. You will need to submit your motion and proposed entry of continuance to the court at least 3 business days prior to your hearing.
In compelling circumstances and with appropriate safeguards, the Court may permit "remote testimony" instead of personal appearance. A motion must be filed with the reasons preventing personal appearance. This motion must be filed at least 5 days prior to the scheduled hearing.