not for me, someone I know is being taken to court by their employer and she says she isnt able to turn up on the date its being heard, how will she be represented if she isnt there, she hasnt got anyone who can turn up for her?
She needs to apply for a postponement and to explain why she can't attend on the date that has been fixed. If she has a good reason then the Court may fix a new date. If the Court won't postpone she really must try to do whatever she can to attend. Otherwise the hearing will go ahead and the Court will decide the case on the basis of the evidence that it has. Why is her employer suing her and why can't she attend?
I am not sure why not having a contract would be relevant. Does she think they paid her the correct amount? If she was overpaid she will have to pay it back regardless of whether or not the employer has given her a formal contract.