Ex Parte Definition

ĕks pärtē
Of or relating to an action taken in a legal proceeding by one party without the presence or participation of the opposing party.
An ex parte hearing.
American Heritage
Of or relating to such an action taken in a manner that is not permitted due to the risk of undue influence or interference.
An ex parte conversation with the judge.
American Heritage
A judge’s action in conducting a hearing or conference with one party only, without notice to the other party; typically improper, except under the limited circumstances in which a party is seeking a temporary restraining order and alleging that notice to the adverse party will result in the destruction of evidence or other illegal action. Also used as an adverb, such as, “the judge conducted the hearing ex parte.” It also refers to a party’s attempts to make such contact with the judge.
Webster's New World Law
On, or in the interest of, one side only; one-sided.
Webster's New World
(law) In the manner of a proceeding where one of the involved parties is not (sometimes may not be) present.
Grand juries are conducted ex parte; neither the suspect nor his attorney may attend.

Origin of Ex Parte

  • Latin ex from parte ablative of pars part, side

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin "from [one] part"

    From Wiktionary

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