The term "ex parte" in the law means that something is done with regard to another party without that party present. Generally, ex parte communications are not allowed because they can be unfair and violate due process. Both parties must have the right to tell the court their side of the story.
Most often, ex parte orders are done in cases of domestic violence or child abuse and generally in an emergency situation.
Pronunciation: ex-par-tay or-der
The judge issued an ex parte protective order that requires Jim to stay at least 500 feet away from Karen at all times until the court can hear a response from Jim and determine a more permanent arrangement.