Resolving Civil Disputes - LAWS2371

Faculty: Faculty of Law

School: Faculty of Law

Course Outline: See below

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4

Enrolment Requirements:

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

Equivalent: LAWS2311

Excluded: JURD7211, JURD7271, LAWS2311

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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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

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
More information can be found on the Course Outline Website.
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