Summer Session 2017-18 lec > subject pages > practice and procedure

The subject of Practice and Procedure deals with the day-to-day practicalities of civil litigation in New South Wales.

SPECIAL NOTE: In contrast to previous semesters, there will be greater emphasis on the more significate Practice Notes when looking at the step by step procedure.

The emphasis throughout the course is on conducting matters through the Supreme Court of New South Wales.  However, with the changes introduced by the Civil Procedure Act of 2005 and the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005, the procedure, with some exceptions, will be uniform throughout the Supreme Court, District and Local Courts of New South Wales.

The topics covered in the course are set out in the syllabus.  In general terms the course deals with:

(a) the logistics of commencing an action in the Supreme Court; the various interlocutory steps between the commencement of an action and the hearing stage, including discovery and inspection and the issuing of subpoenas;

(b) evidence in relation to procedural matters;

(c) the logistics of “running” a matter,  including enforcement of judgment;

(d) elementary drafting principles, including practical drafting of documents;

(e) mediation and alternative dispute resolution.

Special Note:

(f) The NSW Parliament has introduced, as at March 2011, an amendment to the NSW Civil Procedure Act 2005 by way of incorporating Part 2A – steps to be taken before the commencement of proceedings.  This presently is in abeyance. Details will be advised in lectures.

Lecture and weekend school timetables, prescribed materials, and assignment information are in the Subject Guide. Assignments and Supplementary Materials (where applicable) can be accessed by current students from the Webcampus.








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