ex parte \eks-PAR-tee\
adverb or adjective1 : on or from one side or party only — used of legal proceedings 2 : from a one-sided or partisan point of view
“The record of the case was of vast length and full of technicalities, it was discussed ex parte by vehement propagandists on both sides….” — Frederick Lewis Allen, Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920’s, 1931
“In the U.S., lawyers are forbidden to meet with a judge ‘ex parte,’ or outside the presence of opposing counsel.” — Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, January 9, 2012
Did you know?
“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. 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.