LAW10270 Civil Procedure

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module examines the Irish Civil Processright from accrual of cause of action through to execution of judgment. Topics to be examined include - accrual of cause of action, limitation periods and statutes of limitation; civil jurisdiction of the courts; initiation of proceedings, including summonses and service; pre-trial aspects such as injunctions and discovery; aspects of the civil trial including the burden of proof, and the role of expert witnesses; enforcement and execution of judgment. Attention will also be given to alternative forms of dispute resolution ("ADR") including mediation and arbitration. There is also a focus on the history of civil procedure and the influence it has had on the development of modern civil law.

** Penultimate and final year Law students are not permitted to register to this module as their in programme or Horizons elective.**

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Having completed this module students will be able to:- discuss the influence of civil procedure on modern civil law; - iidentify when a civil cause of action accrues and advise on the time limits for initiation of a civil action;- advise whether a given dispute is appropriate for Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures and discuss the pros and cons of various types of dispute resolution process; - identify the correct court in which to commence proceedings and explain the apropriate type of process to be used; - discuss the use of injunctions and discovery in civil proceedings; - explain the proceedings in a civil trial;- outline the process for execution of judgment in Irish Law,and generally advise a party to an Irish civil dispute on their options in a given case.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The course will be based on 2-hour lectures
Reading lists will be posted up on Brightspace during the course 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written Examination 2 hours 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Group/class feedback will be provided

Name Role
Ms Grace Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 17:00 - 18:50