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MLL391 - Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:MLL112
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Claudio Bozzi
Trimester 3: Michele Tucker
Cohort rule:For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only
Prerequisite:Successful completion of MLL111 and MLL213 plus 5 additional Law (MLL) units.
Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

3h class + 1h seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

3h class (recordings provided) + 1h online seminar per week


The unit investigates the legal process of civil dispute resolution in our society. This unit examines procedural law, which is the law of 'how' one enforces substantive legal rights and duties, or the method through which rights (no matter what they are) get realised in our courts. Although the unit focuses on the Supreme Court of Victoria (General Civil Procedure) Rules, supplemented by cases and scholarly analysis, means of resolving disputes other than traditional litigation are considered. The syllabus roughly follows litigation process and includes the role of the court in an adversarial system; court structure and jurisdiction; initiation of proceedings; pleadings; joinder of claims and parties, including group and representative actions; discovery; dispositions without trial, including summary procedures and compromise; judgment; costs; and forms of alternative dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Describe the principles of the adversary system and case management systems; have detailed knowledge of the Court hierarchy in Victoria.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Choose the proper court and parties for a particular action in the Supreme Court; know and understand "service rules" and the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court to hear and determine cases.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Identify the relevant principles of res judicata and issue estoppel.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Have knowledge of the rules of pleadings and be able to apply those rules in drawing appropriate court documents.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO7: Teamwork


Know and understand the Discovery rules and have a solid understanding in relation to the costs of an action in the Supreme Court.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO7: Teamwork


The impact of the Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic) on traditional principles and the importance of ADR provisions.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO7: Teamwork


These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Assignment (Group of up to 3) 3000 words 40% Week 8
Examination 2 hours 60% Exam Period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

Hurdle Requirement: achieve at least 50% of the marks available on the examination. 

From T3 2020: NIL

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLL391 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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