Faculty of Law

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedCity (Melbourne) Trimester 1 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 2 2014 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Trimester 3 2014 (Day)


Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.


This unit gives students a thorough understanding of the principles of civil procedure as exemplified in the rules of the courts and associated case law. It includes examination of systems of case management operating in State and Federal courts and an introduction to forms of alternative dispute resolution practised in civil disputes. Students will also be introduced to the philosophy of civil disputes applicable in selected foreign jurisdictions.


On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. acquired a thorough understanding of the rules of civil litigation and of the chronology of a civil dispute from the time the dispute is presented to the lawyer until the matter is ready for trial
  2. acquired an understanding of the comparative advantages and disadvantages of alternative dispute resolution and disposition by trial so that they are capable of advising a client accordingly
  3. developed an understanding of the underlying philosophy of the adversary system as applied in civil litigation and of developments such as case management
  4. be aware of the proper and improper use of procedural tactics and of the ethical obligations of a practitioner involved in civil litigation
  5. acquired some understanding of alternative systems of dispute resolution as practised in other jurisdictions.


Memorandum of Advice requiring students to advise a client on appropriate steps to be taken in a civil dispute: 30%
Final examination: 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Genevieve Grant (Trimester 1)
Dr Martine Marich (Trimester 2)
Ms Nicole Mollard (Trimester 3)

Workload requirements

2.5 hours per week x 12 weeks


LAW7212 or LAW7470, LAW7265 or LAW7428 and LAW7429, LAW7266