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ZUG1012 – Civil procedure

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2017

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is for students to gain a fundamental knowledge of the jurisdiction, procedures and remedies relating to the institution of civil proceedings in the High court and Magistrate Court. Students will also be able to identify and apply existing principles and procedures of civil litigation as espoused in legislation and case law and how these are enforced. The study of this module will take a practical approach with a view to outline the procedures followed in practice and how these relate to civil disputes. The module will seek to expose students to the functions and purposes of pleadings, the different forms of proceedings, how to determine which proceedings to apply to a given set of facts, how to determine which courts are competent to adjudicate upon specific disputes and the various remedies available in litigation.


  • Identify basic legal principles regarding the application of rules of civil procedure.
  • Interpret pleadings in civil procedure and how they are applied.
  • Solve legal problems by applying rules of civil procedure and choose which court to approach to have a civil matter heard.
  • Gather relevant resources through research from civil procedure rules and case law.
  • Analyse given facts and explain applicable law and procedural issues within the field of civil procedure.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.