ex parte

adverb or adjective

ex par·​te (ˌ)eks-ˈpär-tē How to pronounce ex parte (audio)
: on or from one side or party only
used of legal proceedings
: 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 An imposing rectory, designed by David Rockwell, rotates to accommodate the putative principal’s office and a serene courtyard where the conversations are ex parte. Naveen Kumar, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 In January, Cher's ex parte motion that her son Allman be placed in a temporary emergency conservatorship was denied The conservatorship case involving Cher and her son Elijah Blue Allman remains ongoing — and his lawyers believe that this is on purpose. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2024 On April 13, 2006, a hearing was held for an ex parte order on Acree. Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, 2 Mar. 2024 The ex parte motion had previously been dismissed earlier in January due to Allman and his attorneys not having enough time to review the paperwork. Becca Longmire, Peoplemag, 2 Feb. 2024 An ex parte motion is one that can be granted without the response of the other party, in this case Mueller. Mirna Alsharif, NBC News, 23 Jan. 2024 The commission had no rules to limit ex parte communications. Marilyn W. Thompson, ProPublica, 18 Jan. 2024 During Monday’s hearing in Los Angeles regarding the conservatorship, Cher was seeking to place her adult son under, a judge denied the pop icon’s recent ex parte motion that Allman be placed in a temporary emergency conservatorship. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 Cher Files for a Conservatorship of Son Elijah Blue Allman Due to 'Severe' Substance Abuse Issues The judge ultimately denied the ex parte motion, arguing that Allman and his legal team did not have enough time to review all documents, as they were filed on Thursday. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Medieval Latin

First Known Use

1672, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ex parte was in 1672


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“Ex parte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ex%20parte. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

ex parte

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

Medieval Latin, on behalf (of)

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