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 On its website, the court says secret ex parte proceedings are necessary to protect classified national security information. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Alan Dershowitz: FISA 'reshuffle' needed to stop FBI officials with a 'grudge'," 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, "What are "red flag" laws, and which states have implemented them?," 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, "Kafer: Let’s see how new gun law works before pushing for more," 28 Nov. 2019 During an ex parte hearing, the parties stipulated that, pursuant to the terms of the partnership agreement, a supermajority will be required on any financial decisions Fox makes until Oct. 21. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rick Fox's Esports Partners Move to Remove Him From Company," 23 Aug. 2019 In January, Messer sought an ex parte order in bankruptcy court to issue subpoenas to both models, as well as Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski Among Celebrities Sued for Fyre Festival Payments," 30 Aug. 2019 The evidence was submitted in an ex parte filing on Thursday, which included a deposition from an incident response engineer at Twitch. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "Twitch is closing in on its Christchurch trolls," 29 June 2019 The American people cannot withstand that kind of treachery before that kind of secret court in an ex parte proceeding. Fox News, "McCarthy: Mueller is pursuing obstruction case against Trump," 21 Aug. 2018 Connor issued this ruling ex parte, and Daniels and her legal team were not present or able to contest it. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The definitive guide to the Stormy Daniels scandal," 24 Mar. 2018

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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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“Ex parte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ex%20parte. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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 caseEx 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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