Ex Parte Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Ex Parte.

Ex Parte (adjective, adverb) Derived from Latin meaning "for one party," Ex Parte refers to legal procedures, such as motions, hearings or orders, that are granted solely for the benefit of one party involved. These procedures often deviate from the standard courtroom protocol that mandates the presence of both involved parties during any argument before a judge. Ex parte processes typically involve temporary orders such as a restraining order or temporary custody, pending a proper hearing, or an urgent request for continuance. Before conducting an ex parte hearing, most jurisdictions necessitate a diligent attempt to inform the opposing party's attorney about the time and location of the hearing.