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.

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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 He was charged in another case with violating an ex parte order. The Aegis, "Harford County police blotter," 25 May 2018 The Sheriff’s Office and State Police report: Joppa Yomi Adebakin, 70, of the 1500 block of Pulaski Highway, was arrested last Wednesday for failing to appear for court in three cases, each in which he was charged with violating an ex parte order. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Harford County police blotter," 25 Apr. 2018 The ex parte disclosure form is not a brain buster. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "Want to save the California coast? Here's a good start," 21 Mar. 2018 The agenda for that meeting included a 20-page tutorial on ex partes. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "Want to save the California coast? Here's a good start," 21 Mar. 2018 Teddy Fender, 43, of the 600 block of Cross Gate Avenue, was charged Tuesday with violating an ex parte order. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Harford County police blotter," 22 Mar. 2018 For example, the restraining order was obtained from an arbitrator ex parte, with no notice to Daniels. Danny Cevallos, NBC News, "Stormy Daniels’ case against Trump, Michael Cohen faces knotty legal complexities," 10 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 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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