Civil Procedure - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Supplemented
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Moot (30%) , Assignment 2 - Discussion Board Postings (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit studies the rules of civil procedure that include commencement of proceedings and service of process, joinder of claims, pleadings, group and representative actions, discovery and other interlocutory proceedings, judgment, enforcement, appeals, and costs. Emphasis will also be given to the issue of reform of the civil justice system including case management systems, access to justice and lawyers’ ethics. The unit engages with the practical legal skills of drafting and mooting.

This unit requires students to participate in mock trials in Melbourne. Dates will be advised after enrolment, but generally will only consist of one weekend.

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the procedural rules of civil litigation
  2. critically evaluate the civil procedure system and identify areas of reform such as case management, access to justice and legal ethics concerns
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to civil procedure and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to civil procedure and generate appropriate responses
  5. show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences through engagement with drafting and advocacy simulations.
  • Assignment 1 — Moot (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Discussion Board Postings (20%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access
  • Some on campus attendance

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The Civil Justice System
2Instituting Proceedings
4Rules of Pleadings
5Summary Disposition
6Discovery and Interlocutory Proceedings
7Disposition without Trial
8The Hearing and Appeals

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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