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Civil Justice and Procedure
Last Updated Date:   25 November 2021

8 Credits,  Semester 2

Course Description:
The course is substantially about adversarial law or the law governing the processes by which substantive rights are effectuated in the course of civil litigation in Singapore. The emphasis of the course will be on how the Rules of Court operate in primary areas of dispute resolution including the key interlocutory stages from the filing of an action until the trial, the trial itself, post-judgment matters and the role of amicable settlement in the adversarial culture. The interrelationship between procedure, evidence and ethics, so important to a comprehensive understanding of how a civil case is pursued or defended, will be analysed. An important priority of the course is to inculcate an understanding of the underlying principles and ideals of procedure so that students are able to consider the efficacy and viability of the governing law in the light of fairness, efficiency and justice, and to propose reforms.

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Course Convenor: Prof Jeffrey Pinsler, S.C.

Co-teacher(s): NA

Module Codes: LL4413 / LL5413 / LL6413

Contact Hours: Two, 3hr seminars

Workload: 6 hours

Mode of Assessment: Class participation and written component - 30%; Final Exam [open book (closed computer)] - 70%

Preclusions: Students who have not studied the core subjects in a Common Law curriculum.
Not open to students who are, or have been, legal practitioners or who have worked in any legal field.
LL4011; LL5011; LL6011 / LL4011V; LL5011V; LL6011V Civil Justice & Process
LL4281; LL5281; LL6281 / LL4281V; LL5281V; LL6281V Civil Procedure

Prerequisites: NUS Compulsory Core Law Curriculum or common law equivalent.
(It is impossible to study common law adversarial procedure without a background in these subjects.)

Examination Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2022 (PM)

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