Course Title: Civil procedure
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term1 2014
Course Code: LAW5193
Course Title: Civil procedure
School: 650T TAFE Business
Campus: City Campus
Program: C6106 - Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice
Course Contact : Doug Gourlay
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944
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Nominal Hours: 51
Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
Pre-requisites: VU20111 Legal Process and VU20110 Law of Evidence
This course provides skills and knowledge in the area of litigation and civil procedure including the civil jurisdiction, structure, procedure and operation of the courts in Victoria.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
VU20117 Civil procedure
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
Learning Outcome 1 - Analyse, outline and assess the structure and purpose of the civil courts system as it presently operates within Victoria.
1.1 Identify the jurisdictional limits of the Supreme Court, County Court and Magistrates’ Court courts.
1.2 Assess the role and jurisdiction of the Federal Court.
1.3 Examine the role of administrative tribunals in relation to dispute resolution.
1.4 Identify the roles of court personnel.Learning Outcome 2 - Determine and analyse the standard of proof and burden of proof in civil and criminal cases, and specify types of presumptions.
Learning Outcome 2 - Assess the sources of procedural rules and practices in the Supreme Court.
2.1 Outline the nature of Court Rules, judicial interpretation of Rules, the Court’s inherent power to control procedure, and practice directions.
2.2 Identify the circumstances in which no rules apply and examine the action to be followed in these situations.
2.3 Examine the power of the Court to prevent abuse of its processes.
Learning Outcome 3 - Analyse the steps prior to litigation and the commencement of litigation.
3.1 Analyse and evaluate the steps prior to litigation.
3.2 Examine the commencement of a Supreme and County Court action.
3.3 Examine the requirements of a Magistrates’ Court Complaint.
3.4 Examine the method of .issue of a Writ and Complaint
3.5 Identify the means by which an originating process may be served.
3.6 Examine the requirements of Notice of Appearance (Supreme and County Courts) and Notice of Defence (Magistrates’ Court) including
• conditional appearance
• interlocutory and final judgments in default of .appearance
• judgment in default in the Magistrates’ Court.
Learning Outcome 4 - Assess the nature, function and form of pleadings, particulars and third party procedures.
4.1 Identify the course of pleadings.
4.2 Describe the content, form and requirements of a pleading
4.3 Outline the methods of answering an opponent’s pleading.
4.4 Analyse the procedures relating to counterclaims and compare with set-offs.
4.5 Examine the nature and purpose of particulars.
4.6 Examine the procedures relating to the joinder of third and subsequent parties and claims for indemnity or contribution between parties.
Learning Outcome 5 - Analyse interlocutory procedures in defended actions.
5.1 Examine the circumstances in which summary judgment is available under Order 22 of the Supreme Court Rules and the applicable procedures.
5.2 Examine the process of discovery of documents.
5.3 Examine the nature and purpose of interrogatories.
5.4 Analyse the uses and effect of Notices to Admit.
5.5 Examine settlement procedures.
5.6 Examine the role of judges, masters and magistrates in the pre-trial stages of litigation.
5.7 Analyse the methods of fixing a date for hearing in the Supreme, County and Magistrates’ Courts.
5.8 Apply the procedures listed above to a court setting using relevant case study material.
Learning Outcome 6 - Analyse and evaluate the process of preparation for trial, the enforcement of judgments or orders and costs.
6.1 Analyse the process of preparation for trial.
6.2 Evaluate the process of enforcement of judgments or orders.
6.3 Examine costs considerations in relation to litigation.
Learning Outcome 7 - Evaluate and analyse non-litigious avenues of dispute resolution.
7.1 Evaluate mediation as an alternative avenue of dispute resolution with reference to:
• the nature of the process of mediation
• the roles of the parties
• the legal status of outcomes
• pre-issue mediation in the Magistrates’ Court
7.2 Evaluate arbitration as an alternative avenue of dispute resolution with reference to:
• the nature of the process of arbitration
• the roles of the parties
• the legal status of the outcomes
7.3 Analyse the operation of and advantages/disadvantages of alternative avenues of dispute resolution including collaborative law using case study examples.
Details of Learning Activities
Students will study Civil Procedure skills and theory in class sessions and through prescribed exercises and assessment work. These concepts will also be explored through the investigation of appropriate real world and simulated environments.
Classes of 3 hours per week for 16 weeks as per the teaching schedule. The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
The week by week classes as per the teaching schedule below and assessments, including due dates, are subject to variation. Class teachers will to keep as close as practicable to that set out in this Part B Statement.
Course requirements: students should consult their timetable and are expected to attend all scheduled classes
Course support documents: see RMIT Blackboard
Student Induction: conducted prior to commencement of classes or during the first class and will cover the following: Blackboard, Overview of assessment requirements including Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers, Grading, Plagiarism, Appeals,Extensions,Feedback,Privacy, Submission requirements, Resubmission policy, Where to get support, Student responsibilities
|Week (subject to variation)||Date||Topics||Learning Outcomes/ assessment criteria||Assessment|
|Week 1||10 Feb||The structure of the court system|
|Week 2||17 Feb||The place of procedure in the legal system, historical development of procedure|
|Week 3||24 Feb||Sources of procedure, steps before commencement of litigation|
|Week 4||3 Mar||Writs and Complaints, service, appearance|
|Week 5||10 Mar||Pleadings, particulars, remedies for defective pleading, amendment of pleadings||Assignment given out|
|Week 6||17 Mar||Counterclaims and set-offs, disposition without trial|
|Week 7||24 Mar||Joinder of parties, third party procedure, contribution between defendants||Short answer, multiple choice test (30%)|
|Week 8||31 Mar||Discovery of documents, interrogatories, notices to admit|
|Week 9||7 Apr||Court control of interlocutory steps, case management, settlement negotiations, formal offers of compromise and Caldebank offers|
|Week 10||14 Apr||Setting down for hearing, preparation for trial, expert evidence, briefing Counsel, conferences, court fees||Assignment due (30%)|
|Mid semester Break (Student Vacation) 18 Apr to 27 Apr|
|Week 11||28 Apr||Trial, costs, enforcement of judgments and orders|
|Week 12||5 May||Practical placement|
|Week 13||12 May||Practical placement|
|Week 14||19 May||Alternative dispute resolution, ethical issues in litigation|
|Week 15||25 May||Revision|
|Week 16||2 Jun||Final test. Open book (40%)|
There is no prescribed text for this course. Students will be required to be familiar with, among other things, relevant provisions of the Magistrates’ Court Civil Procedure Rules 2009 the Supreme Court (General Civil Procedure) Rules 2005 and the Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic) which can be accessed at www.legislation.vic.gov.au.
Hunter, Cameron & Henning , Litigation I Civil Procedure, LexisNexis Butterworths
Riethmuller, Civil Procedure, LBC nutshell series
Cairns, Australian Civil Procedure, LBC Information Services
Aronson, Hunter and Weinberg, Litigation – Evidence and Procedure, Butterworths
Williams, Civil Procedure, Victoria, Butterworths
Australasian Legal Information Institute (www.austlii.edu.au)
CCH Online (www.cch.com.au)
LexisNexis Butterworths Online (www.butterworthsonline.com)
Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents (www.legislation.vic.gov.au)
High Court of Australia (www.hcourt.gov.au)
Federal Court of Australia (www.fedcourt.gov.au)
Federal Circuit Court (www.federalcircuitcourt.gov.au)
Supreme Court of Victoria (www.supremecourt.vic.gov.au)
County Court of Victoria (www.countycourt.vic.gov.au)
Magistrates’ Court of Victoria (www.magistratescourt.vic.gov.au)
Overview of Assessment
Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:
• Practical exercise
• Class discussion
• Case study analysis
• Short answer questions
• Oral presentation
• Project (s)
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.
1. Class test 30%
2 .Assignment 30%
3. Final test40%
Description of Assessments
1. Short answer/multiple choice test (closed book)
2. Assignmebt requiring preparation of a writ and statement of claim. Students may be required to answer oral questions regarding the assignment.
3. Hypothetical scenario test (open book)
Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.
A range of assessment methods may be used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:
* tests and examinations in formal settings
* assignments, projects and case study analysis
* direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence
* review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
* demonstration of techniques
* Class presentation
HD High Distinction 80-100 4point values to GPA
DI Distinction 70-79 3point values to GPA
CR Credit 60-69 2point values to GPA
PA Pass 50-59 1point value to GPA
NN Pass 0-49 nil
Critical aspects of assessment
• Knowledge of litigation and civil procedure including civil
jurisdiction, structure, procedure and operation of the civil
courts system in Victoria
• Analysis of the structure, procedures and operation of the
court systems in Victoria
• Assessment of the nature, function and form of pleadings,
particulars and third party procedures
• Examination of interlocutory procedures in defended actions
• Analysis of the preparation process for trial, and the
enforcement of judgements or orders and costs
• Evaluation of alternative avenues of dispute resolution
including collaborative law in a case study
Assessment completion requirements
You are required to complete 3 assessment tasks.
To pass this course students must attempt assessments as required which are graded upon submission by the class assessor.
Grading is weighted so that a mark of 50% is a passing grade.
Assessment submission requirements
Assessment tasks need to be submitted via turnitin on Blackboard unless otherwise advised.
* Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
* Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
* When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
* Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.
|Learning outcome||Written Test 1||Assignment||Written Test 2|
|Analyse, outline and assess the structure and purpose of the court system as it presently operates within Victoria||X|
|Assess the sources of procedural rules and practices in the Supreme Court||X|
|Analyse the steps prior to litigation and the commencement of litigation||X||X|
|Assess the nature, function and form of pleadings, particulars and third party procedures||X||X|
|Analyse interlocutory procedures in defended actions||X||X|
|Analyse and evaluate the process of preparation for trial, the enforcement of judgments or orders and costs||X|
|Evaluate and analyse non-litigious avenues of dispute resolution||X|
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