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 The order was issued by Judge Raiza Cajigas Campbell of the Court of First Instance of San Juan following a request from an ex parte. Shafiq Najib, PEOPLE.com, 2 July 2022 Such ex parte injunctions can be granted in exceptional situations where there is real urgency. Dinesh Thakur, STAT, 19 Apr. 2022 Village Roadshow argues that Warner Bros. is bigfooting it out of rights to participate in those projects, and filed an ex parte motion on Monday for permission to file for an injunction. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 15 Feb. 2022 There is also the temporary ex parte cohabitant abuse order and the continuous protective order that can result from a defendant receiving jail or prison time, according to Susan Griffith, executive director of Timpanogos Legal Center. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Jan. 2022 The temporary restraining order – known as an ex parte order – was granted shortly thereafter, with a hearing scheduled for July 23, at which point Bauer can formally dispute the woman's accusations, which has publicly denied through his agent. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 According to the ex parte document, the woman visited Bauer's home again on May 15. Josh Peter, The Enquirer, 2 July 2021 The ex parte order was granted without Bauer having a chance to be heard, and the woman later voluntarily dismissed her petition, the Post reported. Kevin Dotson, CNN, 15 Aug. 2021 According to the ex parte document, the woman visited Bauer's home again on May 15. Josh Peter, The Enquirer, 2 July 2021 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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