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The resolution of civil disputes requires legal practitioners to be equally competent in invoking the court system or employing negotiation, mediation or arbitration. The course addresses civil procedure which governs the steps involved in initiating, conducting, managing, terminating, enforcing or appealing the outcome of, legal proceedings in a Court. Specific attention is paid to jurisdiction, case management, pleadings, discovery, preparing evidence and costs. The course provides an introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution, in particular, negotiation, mediation and arbitration. The course examines the advantages and disadvantages of each dispute resolution procedure and the factors that influence when they should be utilised from both policy and practice perspectives. The course also explores the ethical issues that the resolution of disputes creates for lawyers.

Main Topics

The aims of the course are to ensure that you are familiar with the central principles of:

Civil Procedure:

  • Jurisdiction
  • Case management
  • Initiating proceedings and pleadings
  • Causes of action and parties
  • Service
  • Discovery
  • Preparing evidence
  • Enforcement
  • Appeal
  • Costs

Alternative Dispute Resolution:

  • Negotiation
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
Faculty Faculty of Law
Study Level


Offering Terms

Term 1, Term 2



Indicative contact hours


Conditions for Enrolment

Prerequisite: Principles of Private Law (LAWS1150/JURD7150) and Contracts (LAWS1075/ JURD7175)

Course Outline

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Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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