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Administrative law introductory module

Introduction to civil litigation process

Who should attend

This introductory course has been designed for new legal staff and/or officers who are or may be involved in civil litigation proceedings from time to time.

Course outline

This half-day course provides an overview of the civil litigation process. We will be discussing:

  • the different types of legal proceedings
  • pleadings and particulars
  • discovery and interrogatories and implied undertakings
  • case management principles (eg docket judges, directions hearings, call0vers, return of subpoenas, adjournments and vacation of hearing dates)
  • strike-out applications and hearing of separate questions of fact or law
  • evidence (including the ways evidence is adduced and some basic principles of evidence law)
  • public interest immunity (and other means of protecting sensitive information) and legal professional privilege
  • appeals
  • contempt of court
  • legal costs.


Participants will achieve an understanding of the process of civil litigation in Australia and how it affects the work they do.


Our presenters are AGS lawyers who have a great depth of knowledge of the government environment and who practise extensively in the area of law covered by a particular session.

They illuminate important principles with real-world examples, encourage active discussion of the issues and lead participants through practical problem-solving exercises.


This is a half-day course, either 9 am – 12.30 pm or 1.30 – 5 pm. The calendar indicates when sessions are being offered by either 'am' or 'pm'. Morning/afternoon tea will be provided.


Standard fee – $600 (inclusive of GST) per person.

No more than 20 people will be accepted on each course and courses will only be conducted if we receive sufficient nominations.