Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
LismoreSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1Session 1

Unit description

This unit examines the principles and rules applicable to the conduct of civil litigation in Australian courts including areas of focus such as jurisdiction, service of process, pleadings, interlocutory applications, judgments and enforcement. This unit covers the areas of prescribed knowledge for civil procedure identified in the Uniform Admission Rules Schedule 1.

Unit content

Topic 1: The adversarial system and court management and adjudication
Topic 2: Jurisdiction, initiation of process and service
Topic 3: Joinder of claims and parties, representative and class actions
Topic 4: Defining issues for trial via pleadings: rules sanctions and consequences
Topic 5: Marshalling evidence – Discovery, Interrogatories, Notices to Admit and Subpoena
Topic 6: Litigation costs – security for costs, Solicitor/client and party/party costs, indemnity costs and offers of compromise
Topic 7: Disposition without trial – ADR requirements and options
Topic 8: Interlocutory applications and adjournments
Topic 9: Judgment and settlement
Topic 10: Appeals
Topic 11: Enforcement and contempt proceedings

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 1

  • Colbran, S, Spender, P, Douglas, R & Jackson, S, 2019, Civil Procedure Commentary and Materials, 7th edn, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409348842.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Seminar 2 hours (11 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (11 weeks)
Case study50%
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Seminar 2 hours (11)
Structured online learning 2 hours (11)
Case study50%
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Seminar 2 hours (11 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (11 weeks)
Case study50%
Exam: open book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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