ex parte

adverb or adjective ex par·te \(ˌ)eks-ˈpär-tē\

Definition of ex parte

  1. 1 :  on or from one side or party only —used of legal proceedings

  2. 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.

Origin and Etymology of ex parte

Medieval Latin

First Known Use: 1672

Law Dictionary

ex parte

adverb or adjective ex par·te \ˈeks-ˈpär-tē, -tā\

Legal Definition of ex parte

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of ex parte

Medieval Latin, on behalf (of)

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a trip made at another's expense

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