Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course examines the procedures, processes and rules that shape how civil disputes are managed and resolved. The primary focus is the processes used in New South Whales 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 students reflections 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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

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

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

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


This course is designed to include all of the civil procedure areas of knowledge required for admission into legal pracitce in Australia.  Broadly this includes:

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



This course is only available to students enrolled in the Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A, LAWS6004B, LAWS6005.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assessment Task

Participation: Seminar Engagement and Participation

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct

Online Activity

Online 15 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for 10 Weeks