OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Provides paralegal students with a basic understanding of evidence and advocacy in the context of civil procedure in local courts and small tribunals. Students deal with (a) how a civil case is structured (pre-trial procedure), (b) how it is proved in a local court or small tribunal (evidence), (c) how it is presented in such a forum (advocacy), and (d) how a judgement is enforced (post-judgement procedure). The civil case focused on involves a claim to recover a debt in a local court or small-claims tribunal.

Unit content

Causes and forums
Topic 1: Debt and associated causes of action
Topic 2: Trial courts, tribunals and jurisdiction

Civil procedure (Pre-trial)
Topic 3: Procedure leading to a default judgment
Topic 4: Procedure leading to a trial judgment

Topic 5: Concept of relevance
Topic 6: Testimony and legal professional privilege
Topic 7: Documentary evidence
Topic 8: Hearsay and business records

Topic 9: Preparing for trial
Topic 10: Running a trial

Civil procedure (Post-judgment)
Topic 11: Examination of a judgment debtor
Topic 12: Other enforcement mechanisms

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • There are no prescribed textbooks for LAW10158. (Students can cover the material sufficiently by reading the Study Guide and the websites and other resources referenced in it): ., ..
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning 6 hours (2 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: open book40%

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Fee information


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