What is an ex parte order?

“Ex parte” means ‘with respect to or in the interests of one side only or of an interested outside party.’ In Court, the Judge normally will not take any action unless both sides have a chance to be heard. Therefore, “ex parte” communications from one party to a Judge are usually rejected. An “ex parte order” is an order issued by a Judge after only hearing one side of the argument. Ex parte orders are extremely rare and normally reserved for emergencies.