Judge André Vincent ordered that Turcotte be present for today's hearing.
The Crown is expected to enter a motion, the subject of which is covered by a publication ban.
Turcotte was released on bail last September.
At his first trial, he was found not criminally responsible for the deaths of his children Olivier and Anne-Sophie.
Quebec's court of appeal overturned that decision in 2013 and ordered a new trial.Suggest a correction