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The essential guide to civil litigation (NSW)

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Course Overview

Civil litigation is a cornerstone of legal practice, providing a vital avenue for resolving non-criminal disputes.

Lawyers specialising in this field must excel in case preparation, meticulously gathering evidence and crafting persuasive arguments.

Additionally, staying abreast of Federal and Supreme court decisions and best practice is essential. Mastering these aspects of civil litigation ensures that lawyers can effectively advocate for their clients and uphold the principles of justice.

This bundle will build your capabilities across four essential – and practical modules. You’ll learn:

  • Supreme and Federal Court practice and procedure
  • Case management and pre-trial procedure
  • Case preparation and pleadings; and
  • Contract claims in the district court

Course Overview

Some of the most commonly used court applications relate to debt recovery or money claims. Many lawyers, no matter what their specialisation, take court action to recover a debt or other money allegedly owed by a person (the debtor) to another person (the creditor), under a contract or otherwise.

In this short course, we will illustrate the main principles of a debt recovery matter for liquidated claims and discuss the procedure to conduct and implement an undefended debt recovery matter in the District Court.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Advise a client on a debt recovery matter in the District Court 
  • Explain the procedure to conduct an undefended debt recovery matter in the District Court 
  • Prepare to conduct a contract claim in the District Court 
  • Identify the documents required to conduct a contract claim in the District Court

Course Structure

  • Getting started 
  • Client instructions and preliminary issues
  • Commencing proceedings
  • Court orders and judgment

Course Overview

The Federal Court’s jurisdiction is broad, covering almost all civil matters arising under Australian federal law and some summary and indictable criminal matters. Whereas the Supreme Court is state’s highest court with responsibility for both criminal and civil matters.

 This course explores the intricate practice and procedure aspects in both the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

 At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the practice and procedure of Supreme and Federal Courts
  • Prepare to conduct a civil claim in Supreme and Federal Courts
  • Identify documents and forms required to conduct proceedings in Supreme and Federal Courts

Course Structure

  • Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

  • Federal Court of Australia

  •  Supreme Court of New South Wales

This course provides an overview of the initial stages of litigation and discusses the preparation of cases, pleadings and particulars applicable to civil litigation. 

Litigators must be familiar with the procedure that applies in the court and jurisdiction in which a particular case is being conducted. The relevant Acts, rules and practice notes governing that jurisdiction should always be checked.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Examine the civil litigation process
  • Take complete instructions as part of your duty to act competently and diligently
  • Analyse the proof making model and prepare for a case
  • Outline the steps required to commence proceedings 

Course Structure

  • Civil litigation practice
  • Taking instructions
  • The proof making model
  • Preparation of a case  
  • Commencing proceedings – part 1
  • Commencing proceedings – part 2  

Course Overview

Successful litigation depends on thorough and careful preparation of your client’s case. In addition to a comprehensive appreciation of your client’s case and objectives, thorough preparation requires: 

  • comprehensive knowledge of all pre-trial processes available, to ensure that the issues in dispute are clarified and the necessary evidence is gathered; and 
  • familiarity with the relevant case management systems and practice notes of the court in which the proceedings are commenced, which are designed to ensure cases are dealt with expeditiously.

In this short course, explore everything you need to know to conduct the pre-trial stages of a civil litigation proceeding in New South Wales. At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply pre-trial procedures to meet client needs
  • Explain the process of preparation and submission of court documents
  • Carry out the steps in case management under the Civil Procedure Act 2005 (NSW) and Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW)
  • Analyse and evaluate the use of interlocutory applications during civil litigation

Course Structure

  • The lawyer’s role in managing a case
  • Court case management systems
  • Pre-trial procedures 
  • Clarifying issues 
  • Early resolution of proceedings
  • Regulating conduct of proceedings


With a CPD Digital subscription, you’ll gain access to our subscription catalogue of short interactive courses, vodcasts and podcasts for an entire year. See what’s included and how you’ll benefit.


This bundle will benefit:

  • Lawyers wanting to build practical foundational knowledge and skills
  • Mid-career lawyers considering a move into litigation or advocacy or who do occasional work in this area
  • Senior lawyers looking to confirm and test their knowledge

The course contains content that falls within the mandatory CPD categories of:

  • Professional skills
  • Substantive law

With our online on-demand interactive courses, you can learn when and where it suits you. We’ve designed each course to provide both education and enjoyment.

Each course offers a mix of engaging exercises, where you’ll gain access to:

  • Interactive activities to challenge your understanding and put your knowledge to the test. You’ll also enjoy engaging exercises, such as flip cards, quizzes and drafting activities.
  • Clearly identified outcomes so you know precisely what you’ll learn – and the skills you’ll gain. You’ll also be able to track your development and focus on key improvement areas.
  • Extended course access so you can reference the material as you need – or revisit it should life get in the way.
  • Feedback and template answers so you can refine your skills, grow your knowledge and gain fresh insights.

Each on-demand bundle contains four in-depth learning resources so you can boost your essential knowledge and skills across a practice area – more affordably.

With a bundle, you’ll earn eight CPD points, while saving 40% on the single courses.

Go in-depth as you comprehensively explore a specific practice area. Learn interactively across engaging formats like step-by-step guides, practice guides and skill series. And gain helpful learning resources you can reference when you encounter similar situations in practice.

Access each module on the College’s learning portal. When you buy a single, you’ll have 24/7 unlimited access for 12-months from the date of purchase.

Does this educational activity extend your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development?

If so, and you’re not a WA practitioner, you should claim 1 unit for each hour of participation, not including breaks. 

Please check your local CPD rules for any caps on activity types, such as the private study of non-interactive audio/visual materials. You are responsible for keeping your own CPD records and complying with your local CPD rules.

No. Western Australian practitioners who complete our on-demand courses are currently unable to claim CPD points.

However, you may earn CPD points by attending select live CPD events or by completing select CPD Interactive modules.

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