ex parte

adverb or adjective
ex par·​te | \ (ˌ)eks-ˈpär-tē How to pronounce ex parte (audio) \

Definition of ex parte

1 : on or from one side or party only used of legal proceedings
2 : from a one-sided or partisan point of view

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Latin has not been over-used in a procedural context ('ex parte' being a rare exception,) wrote a correspondent to the London Times in May 1999. Indeed, ex parte (which literally meant "on behalf [of]" in Medieval Latin) pops up quite often in legal settings. An ex parte proceeding, for example, is one that occurs at the request of and for the benefit of one party, usually without the knowledge and participation of any other party. Even when ex parte steps outside of the courtroom - to be used of an ex parte meeting, interview, chat, conversation, investigation, discussion, or contact, for example - the one-sided sense often has some sort of legal or legislative slant, referring to involvement of just one party or side in a case or dispute.

Examples of ex parte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an ex parte petition filed Thursday, the attorney for Dea Spanos Berberian asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Rosenbloom to issue an order confirming the court’s jurisdiction. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Lawyers not involved in the case said Pelaez’s letter approached, but didn’t cross, an ethical line prohibiting ex parte communication with a judge on a pending case. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 20 May 2021 The commission alleges that Blocton has shown a pattern of engaging in ex parte communication with lawyers and litigants, both by telephone and through the use of numerous Facebook aliases. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 17 May 2021 An ex parte communication generally involves someone discussing a case with a judge without the knowledge of each party in the case. Dara Kam, sun-sentinel.com, 22 Oct. 2020 Aguirre and his law partner, attorney Maria Severson, requested an ex parte meeting with the judge for next Wednesday, according to court records. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2020 On its website, the court says secret ex parte proceedings are necessary to protect classified national security information. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, 8 Feb. 2020 All states allow orders to remove an individual's firearm to be issued ex parte, meaning without notice to the individual. Grace Segers, CBS News, 8 Aug. 2019 Of the temporary orders granted during an ex parte hearing, how many were overturned once the gun owner had his day in court? Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of ex parte

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ex parte

Medieval Latin

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13 Jun 2021

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“Ex parte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ex%20parte. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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ex parte

adverb or adjective
ex par·​te | \ ˈeks-ˈpär-tē, -tā How to pronounce ex parte (audio) \

Legal Definition of ex parte

: on behalf of or involving only one party to a legal matter and in the absence of and usually without notice to the other party an ex parte motion relief granted ex parte used in citations to indicate the party seeking judicial relief in a case Ex Parte Jones, 7 U.S. 2 (1866) — compare in re, inter partes

History and Etymology for ex parte

Medieval Latin, on behalf (of)

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