April's parents, Coral and Paul Jones, sat just yards away from the defendant as the case was discussed. They both wore pink ribbons, which have come to symbolise the ongoing search for their daughter.
Bridger, wearing a blue shirt with rolled-up sleeves and jeans, sat looking straight ahead in the dock, not making eye contact with the couple.
The judge ordered that none of the matters discussed at Monday's hearing could be reported.
The disappearance of April, who had cerebral palsy, sparked a massive outpouring of support for her family, with hundreds of people joining the search. The youngster's body has never been found despite a major operation led by Dyfed Powys Police.
Bridger, of Ceinws, is charged with abducting and murdering April, and of unlawfully disposing of and concealing her body with intent to pervert the course of justice. He pleaded not guilty to the allegations on January 14.