Legal Office Procedures - Litigation

Faculty
Commerce & Business Administration
Department
Office Administration
Course Code
OADM 1326
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
30
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Typically Offered
Fall
Winter

Overview

Course Description
This course introduces the student to the role and responsibilities of the Legal Administrative Assistant employed in the field of civil litigation in British Columbia. Students will gain knowledge and practical experience in topics such as Canadian law, Canadian court system, civil and criminal process, pleadings, default judgment, setting an action down for trial, discovery, trial, enforcement, settlement, and chambers applications. This is a “hands-on” course in which the students integrate keyboard, computer, document formatting, and transcription skills with knowledge of civil law.
Course Content
  1. Principles of the Litigation System and Litigation Model
    • The adversarial system
    • Principles behind court procedures
    • Stages of the litigation model
  2. Civil Versus Criminal Proceedings
    • Courts of Canada
    • Major differences between criminal and civil law
  3. Preliminary Matters
    • Conflict of interest check
    • Limitation dates and limitation calendars
    • Bring Forward systems and deadline calendars
    • Settlement prior to commencing a court proceeding
  4. Court Documents
    • Rules of Court
    • Style of Proceedings and parties to an action
    • Parts of a supreme court documents
  5. Commencing an Action
    • Personal versus ordinary service of documents
    • Calculating time limits
    • Commencement and notification documents and procedures
  6. Obtaining Default Judgment
    • Default documents and procedures
    • Bill of Costs for default
  7. Defending an Action
    • Defence documents and procedures
    • Counterclaims and third party claim documents and procedures
    • Trial scheduling documents and procedures
    • Bill of Costs items for commencing or defending claims
  8. Disclosure of Evidence
    • Purpose of evidentiary disclosure
    • Disclosure documents and procedures
    • Trial scheduling procedures and documents
    • Bill of Costs items for disclosing documents
  9. Settlement
    • Consent documents and procedures
    • Bill of Costs items for consent settlements
  10. Hearing and Trial
    • Trial preparation documents and procedures
    • Bill of Costs items for trials
  11. Collections
    • Collection documents and procedures
  12. Interlocutory Applications
  • Application of litigation model to applications
  • Application documents and procedures
  • Bill of Costs items for applications
  • Transcription of Litigation Correspondence and Documents
    • Transcribe legal material
    Methods Of Instruction

    A combination of lectures, guided practices, assignments and case studies will be used.  Active learning is an integral part of this course, and emphasis will be placed on a “hands-on” environment to allow students to work both independently and collaboratively to learn and apply procedures and tasks carried on in a legal office.  Both learning activities and evaluations will be structured to stress problem solving, accuracy, and working within time constraints.

    Means of Assessment
    Assignments  5% - 11%
    Simulations 30% - 35%
    Midterm and/or Test(s)  25% - 35%
    Final Exam 20% - 25%
    Keyboarding                 4-5%
    Total         100%

    A maximum of two evaluations worth up to 22.5% may be assigned and due in the last 14 days of class. (Some class time is provided to work on any evaluation due in the last 14 days of class)

    THERE ARE NO ORAL PRESENTATIONS IN THIS COURSE.

    Students may conduct research as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans, which can require obtaining Informed Consent from participants and getting the approval of the Douglas College Research Ethics Board prior to conducting the research.

    Learning Outcomes

    The learner has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. communicate effectively, using the language, theory and precedents of civil litigation;
    2. identify the Canadian courts and the sources of Canadian law;
    3. analyze the concepts of the Canadian legal system and the civil and criminal process
    4. apply the concepts of civil litigation to solve problems;
    5. prepare correspondence and documents to commence a Supreme Court action and to obtain default judgment;
    6. prepare correspondence and documents to defend a Supreme Court action, disclose evidence and to settle a lawsuit;
    7. prepare correspondence and documents in a Supreme Court action in preparation of trial;
    8. identify the purpose, documents and procedures for interlocutory applications;
    9. prepare bill of costs through the analysis of documentation within a court file;
    10. keyboard with accuracy; and
    11. demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines in a manner required to meet legal industry standards.
    Textbook Materials

    Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

     

    Introduction to Litigation. DFC   Publications. (Latest Edition) or other litigation textbook as approved by the department.

    Department approved keyboarding material or software

    Course packs as determined by the instructor.

    Requisites

    Prerequisites

    OADM 1218 AND (OADM 1103 with a grade of B+ or better or OADM 1206 or OADM 1303 or 45 NWPM)

    Corequisites

    No corequisite courses.

    Equivalencies

    No equivalent courses.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU LGAO 125 (1.5) & CAPU LGAO 130 (1.5) 2004/09/01 to -

    Course Offerings

    Fall 2021

    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    36760
    07-Sep-2021
    - 08-Dec-2021
    07-Sep-2021
    08-Dec-2021
    Crothers
    Julie
    Open
    This is a fully online course. All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled times.
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    30
    18
    12
    0