The unusual procedure by Swain of reviewing documents "ex parte" amounted to the judge going an extra mile to be fair.
It was an ex parte judgment which a look at the other fellow might have modified.
ex parte: on one side; an ex parte statement is a statement on one side only.
In due course the suit came on for hearing, and as the defendant was of course absent, it was decreed against him ex parte.
He may do this ex parte, that is without notice to creditors.
All we knew of its doings, since that period, was from the ex parte reports of its own officers.
If anything supplied tobacco for the calumet of the ex parte peace which he had made with his son, it was this theatrical part.
But further, we must never be guided in judgment by an ex parte statement.
If it was to have any influence, it must be a pernicious one, because founded on ex parte testimony.
Instead of evidence, he had merely heard the ex parte statements of an alleged libeller.