Legal Office Procedures - Litigation

Curriculum Guideline

Effective Date:
Course Code
OADM 1326
Legal Office Procedures - Litigation
Office Administration
Commerce & Business Administration
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks x 4 hours = 60 hours
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 2 hours per week Seminar: 2 hours per week
Method Of Instruction
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.

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
  13. Expedited Trials
    • Procedures and variations for expedited trials
  14. Transcription of  Litigation Correspondence and Documents
    • Transcribe legal material
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 independently and collaboratively
  5. translate an understanding of the theory of civil litigation by creating accurate correspondence and documentation relating to a civil action in accordance with the British Columbia Supreme Court Rules
  6. transcribe accurately litigation correspondence and documents by applying English, keyboarding and legal office procedure skills
  7. keyboard with speed and accuracy from five-minute timed writings
  8. demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines in a manner required to meet legal industry standards
Means of Assessment
Assignments  5% - 10%
Simulations 30% - 35%
Midterm and/or Test(s) 25% - 35%
Final Exam 20% - 25%
Keyboarding speed
Average of best three 5-minute timings      
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)


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.

A department approved keyboarding timed writing textbook (used in OADM 1303).


Course packs as determined by the instructor.


OADM 1218 AND (OADM 1246 or OADM 1256) AND (45 NWPM or OADM 1103 with a grade of A- or better OR OADM 1303 with a grade of C+ or better)