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Ex parte hearing

Ex parte \Ex` par"te\ [L. See Ex-, and Part.] Upon or from one side only; one-sided; partial; as, an ex parte statement.

Ex parte application, one made without notice or opportunity to oppose.

Ex parte council, one that assembles at the request of only one of the parties in dispute.

Ex parte hearing or Ex parte evidence (Law), that which is had or taken by one side or party in the absence of the other. Hearings before grand juries, and affidavits, are ex parte.
--Wharton's Law Dict.