What does “continuance” mean?

I just got home from small claims with my dad. He is a senior citizen, retired and on disability. He was being sued by a well known bank for defaults on a credit card bill years ago and we were going in today to see what the bank has issued for a settlement. But as we checked in, the clerk/lawyer/court staff informed us that from the financial data my father gave during the last session, the case has reached a “continuance” and that that he does not have to be in court anymore. Does this mean that the case has been dismissed or does it mean we have to to settle some other way?

Asked on July 20, 2010 under Bankruptcy Law, Massachusetts


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Continuance means that the court proceeding has been postponed and will eventually be rescheduled.

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