Civil litigation

    Civil litigation for paralegals

    This course is ideal for legal secretaries and legal assistants (paralegals) working in a civil litigation department, in other words, for a ‘litigation’ attorney or an advocate.  It will broaden your understanding of civil litigation and civil procedure and enable you to improve your performance as a paralegal in this field of the law.

    What does civil litigation and procedure mean?

    Civil litigation is the process of resolving legal disputes between two or more private parties.  These parties may be natural persons (individuals) or juristic persons (such as companies).  Attorneys who specialise in civil litigation are known as ‘litigators’.  They represent one of the parties at a trial.  Civil procedure is the body of law that sets out the rules, principles and practices by which courts conduct civil trials.  Civil litigation and civil procedure go hand in hand.

    This course can be taken separately from any of our other specialised courses for paralegals, which can be taken in any sequence.  Each course represents a highly specialised field and can therefore help you to hone the skills already required of you in your current role or upskill you to advance to another position within a law firm.

    General course in legal practice: Our 'General course in legal practice' is a prerequisite if you have no exposure or prior knowledge of legal practice.

    Course content
    • Introduction to civil procedure
    • The basics of drafting
    • The action procedure
    • The application procedure

    Read more about the course content here.

     
    Who should attend?
    • Paralegals, legal secretaries and legal support staff working in a legal environment.

    • Anyone starting a career in the legal field.

    The logistics
    • The course is presented online over 4 hours on 2 mornings, from 08:00–12:30.

    • Lectures can be attended either online, by obtaining recordings or through self-study.  Recordings can be viewed at any time of the day.

    • The presentation is accompanied by a comprehensive reference manual.

    • The material is presented in an interactive format, with an evaluation that needs to be successfully completed to qualify you to receive your certificate.

    Our promise
    • This course is a great way to upskill and improve your knowledge of civil litigation.

    • You will acquire the practical skills and theoretical background required to become a more competent employee at a law firm.

    • You’ll receive a certificate upon successful completion of the evaluation.

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    The template pack includes:

    • A checklist for the application for admission in terms of the Legal Practice Act
    • A list of requisite annexures
    • A template for the notice of motion
    • A template for the founding affidavit
    • A template for the supporting affidavit