The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This core course examines the procedures, processes and rules that shape how civil disputes are managed and resolved. The primary focus is the processes used in the New South Wales courts, and the operation of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules. Examples from other jurisdictions, such as the Federal Court of Australia, will also be discussed.

The course also encourages student reflection upon the policy dimensions of civil litigation, and the importance of contextualising litigation in the broader context of dispute resolution. This includes the essential role of dispute resolution processes to promote settlement without court proceedings.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate specialised and advanced knowledge and understanding of the role of the civil justice system, dispute resolution processes, and the operation of civil procedure rules.

2. Apply this specialised knowledge of processes and procedures to solve complex practical civil procedure problems.

3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the policies and principles that underlie the Australian civil justice system and proposed reforms.


The course is designed to include all of the civial procedure areas of knowledge required for admission into legal practice in Australia.  broadly this includes: 

  1. The civil justice system in Australia and the importance of access to justice.
  2. The adversarial litigation process and non-adversarial alternatives.
  3. The initiation of proceedings and service of process.
  4. Procedural mechanisms to obtain evidence and define questions for trial and bringing prceedings to an end;


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, and LAWS3041.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assessment Task

Participation: Seminar and Engagement Participation

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term