Ex Parte

 Latin for 'from one party.'  In law, ex parte is used in several contexts:   
  • In legal ethicsex parte refers to improper contact with a party or a judge.  Ethical rules forbid (with some exceptions) a lawyer from contacting the judge or the opposing party without the other party's lawyer also being present.  A breach of these rules is referred to as improper ex parte contact.  
  • In civil procedure, ex parte is used to refer to motions for orders that can be granted without waiting for a response from the other side. Generally, these are orders that are only in place until further hearings can be held, such as a temporary restraining order.