Courses & Units

Civil Procedure LAW355


This Unit will examine how civil disputes and litigation are commenced, managed and finalised. The primary content focus will be the rules and practices of civil procedure in the Supreme Court of Tasmania. Some comparison with other Australian and international jurisdictions will be considered. This Unit satisfies the prescribed admission requirement that the law degree include knowledge and application of rules concerning jurisdiction, initiation and service of process, definition of issues, judgment and enforcement. These and other rules and civil procedures are considered in the broader policy context. The transformative influence of governmental policies and reforms that actively promote early information sharing, active case management by courts, out of court dispute resolution processes and settlement will be explored. Overarching themes include: access to justice, transparency, the tension between adversarial and non-adversarial approaches, and the role of the lawyer in modern civil litigation practice. You will obtain and apply knowledge of the different paths that litigated matters may take, the ways that lawyers and courts can manage the pre-trial process, and develop an appreciation for the influence of pre-trial processes on both settlement and the trial process. You will be expected to take a critical view of civil procedures (both traditional and new). Consideration of dispute resolution is necessary to equip you to understand the way that courts operate in the modern context, where increasing emphasis is placed on informal, confidential, settlement-oriented processes. This understanding is relevant to all law students, whether or not you intend to practise law. This Unit will draw together your knowledge and skills obtained in other units. The Unit will also develop your self-management, client communication, and collaboration skills.


Unit name Civil Procedure
Unit code LAW355
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law
Coordinator Ms Cleo Hansen-Lohrey
Teaching staff Doctor Bernard Cairns
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Contextualise the role of courts that deal with civil disputes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of civil litigation procedures and practice in the Supreme Court of Tasmania and other courts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of options for alternative dispute resolution, and the role of lawyers in pursuing and managing these.
  • Write clearly and persuasively to clients and other stakeholders about the application of civil procedures and dispute resolution processes in response to factual scenarios, as well as undertake concise legal drafting.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
090999 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $1,919.00

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50 credit points of Intermediate Law core

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Lecture: 2 hours weekly face-to-face

Workshop: 2 hours fortnightly

AssessmentAssessment Task 3: Workshop preparation and engagement (10%)|Assessment Task 1: Workshop paper (25%)|Assessment Task 2: Workshop paper (25%)|Assessment Task 4: Exam (40%)
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