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French for "on the bench." Used when all judges of a particular court hear a case.

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A Latin phrase meaning "for one party." It refers to motions, hearings, or other court proceedings conducted or granted at the request of one party to a lawsuit, where the other party does not participate. These types of proceedings are rare because they go against the basic rule that both parties should be present for argument before a court. Judicial orders stemming from ex parte proceedings are usually temporary in nature, like a temporary restraining order, which are granted pending a full, two-party hearing on the issue.

   
 
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