Heck, why have a victim or an alleged "defendant" show up at all?
If you aren't invited to your own hearing, there is mischief afoot!
In Somerville District Court one of my victories over TV3 was thrown in the proverbial waste basket
I had to WRITE to the Judge (with a CC to Attorney Phony D. Slimy) and have the victory reinstated.
Ya think this happens to other people or do you think they want to hurt me? Figure it out.
Cook County Court Clerk Dorothy Brown grossly negligent in maintaining docket
But with a bastard like Brian S. Burke in Woburn Superior Court and in other places like Somerville and Cambridge, they encourage bad behavior by clerks...and you are supposed to shut up and take it or they will press phony charges on you to show who is the boss.