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When is Ex Parte Communication Proper?

In Child Custody, Domestic Violence by Elizabeth Stephenson

If you are involved in a lawsuit for the first time or you are trying to learn about how the legal process works, there are many terms and phrases that you will hear that sound completely foreign. This is because they literally are. The American legal system has adopted many legal concepts that are actually ancient or derived from other countries’ legal systems. For example, Jurisdiction is Latin for “to speak the law”, and Voir Dire is French for “to see to speak”. The term “ex parte” is Latin for “by one side” or “by one party”. In the context of the law, ex parte hearings are hearings that occur without the presence of all of the parties to a lawsuit. Unless explicitly allowed under the law, ex parte communication …