It likely means that no further court date has been set at that time. The parties or the court may motion the matter up later. Not a dismissal.
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Passing a case is equivalent to continuing the case without taking any action. It may have been that the Judge questioned whether the Defendant was given proper notice to appear or that the case was passed for a few minutes to give the Defendant additional time to appear and perhaps the Plaintiff's counsel left and failed to return to seek an order or ruling.
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If you are the Plaintiff in this matter, you should call the attorney that appeared. If you are the Defendant, if you do not appear you could risk ultimately being defaulted by the court and a judgment being entered against you. If you are simply curious about what occurred on this particular case, you should call the Circuit Court Clerk and try and get more information or a copy of the physical paper order that was entered. Do not attempt to contact the judge as that is improper.
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