Do I Need to Attend the Pretrial Conference?

I have a case coming to trial in two weeks.  There is a pretrial conference scheduled.  What is that?  Do I need to attend?

Generally, conferences are held prior to a trial so that the Judge and lawyers can resolve disputes about the admissibility of evidence, the timing of witness testimony, and other logistical matters. Pre-trial conferences can greatly streamline the progression of a trial thereby minimizing the financial cost on the parties, witnesses, jurors and the Court.

You need to ask your lawyer whether you should attend the pretrial conference.