(1) The appellant or the appellant's lawyer must attend on the first procedural hearing for the appellant's appeal.
(2) Any of the following persons may also attend on the first procedural hearing:
(a) a respondent in the appeal;
(b) a lawyer for a respondent in the appeal;
(c) an independent children's lawyer in the appeal.
Note: A party may request permission to attend the procedural hearing by electronic communication (see rule 22.31) or be excused from attending the procedural hearing (see rule 1.12).