This is a BCCampus online provincial course. This online 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 of the first part of handling a civil litigation file, from opening a new client file to Default Judgment. The continuation of the second part of handling a civil litigation file will be covered in OADM 1433 Litigation Procedures II. The student will have practical experience in topics such as commencing or defending a civil process, preparing and filing pleadings, and obtaining default judgment. This is a “hands-on” course in which the students integrate keyboard, computer, transcription and document formatting with knowledge of civil law.
- Overview and objectives
- Character traits of a legal administrative assistant
- Civil litigation defined
- Constitutional roots of courts
- Statute and common law
- The court system
- Precedent and court authority
- Duties of a legal administrative assistant
- Some rules re: capitalization–names of judges
- Limitation period
- Client’s first appointment
- Dealing with emotionality
- Opening files
- BF systems
- Notice of Civil Claim - review and practical concerns
- Identifying parties–individuals and companies
- Parties with legal disabilities
- Service - personal and ordinary
- Within BC
- Outside BC
- A note of jurisdiction
- Opening the defendant’s file
- Admitting service
- Limitation periods revisited
- Transmittal letters
- Pleadings continued
- Counterclaims and third party notices
- Amended Pleadings and Affidavits
- Default Judgment
- Case planning
Methods of Instruction
Communication between instructor and students will be conducted online using WebCT e-mail, discussion, chat utilities, guided practices, assignments, and case studies. Students will 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
The learner has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Prepare documentation for a civil action in the Supreme Court of BC from commencement until the close of pleadings.
- Prepare the documentation necessary to obtain default judgment.
- Understand basic legal concepts, which underpin the court system in BC and affect the daily work of a civil litigation law office.
- Understand the environment of a law office and respond to some of the possible challenges in such an office including dealing with people in a law office, possible ethical challenges, and maintaining an appropriate professional appearance and demeanour.
- Utilize transcription skills and theory in preparing litigation documents.
(OADM 1430 or equivalent) and (OADM 1431 or equivalent)
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.
Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system.
A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.
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