The first court date is also known as the first return date, or the first mention date. As this is the first time that your matter will be listed before the court, it is a very important event. If you are represented by your lawyer, then you do not need to attend in person, however you may still choose to attend, especially if you think there is a good chance to negotiate with the other side.
going to court
The duty of disclosure requires all parties to provide the court and each other party all information relevant to an issue in the case. This includes information and documents that the other parties may not know about. Parties can request that certain documents be exempt from disclosure on the basis of privilege or relevance to the dispute.