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Zuckerman on Australian Civil Procedure

ISBN13: 9780409342130
Published: August 2018
Publisher: LexisNexis Australia
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Paperback
Price: £158.00
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Zuckerman on Australian Civil Procedure is an important new text that provides a rigorous, principles-based analysis of civil procedure in Australia. Civil procedure lies at the heart of the judicial process. Relevant principles are explored against a backdrop of State, Territory and Federal rules of procedure, and solutions are offered to difficult issues encountered in practice and to unsettled questions of law.

Rules of civil procedure in Australia have undergone drastic change in recent years, following major reforms over the past 20 years in England and Wales. The idea that the rules of procedure should facilitate the ‘just, quick and cheap’ resolution of the real issues in dispute in proceedings, and that the costs of the process should, insofar as possible, be proportionate to the potential benefits obtained by engaging in it has found favour and been given practical expression in all Australian jurisdictions. This is particularly so in light of the High Court’s rulings in Aon Risk Services Australia v Australian National University and Expense Reduction Analysts Group v Armstrong Strategic Management & Marketing. The motivations underpinning such policy shifts and their consequences in practice are thoroughly explained and analysed, and attention is drawn to matters still ripe for reform.

While the work is concerned with Australian civil procedure, attention is drawn to the English experience. The book benefits from the lead author’s expertise in English civil procedure and his influential role in reform efforts in England, as well as from the diverse experience and expertise of the Australian authors in Federal and State jurisdictions in Australia. The book is an essential text for both legal practitioners and academics and is highly valuable for law students seeking a deeper understanding of the principles informing the rules of procedure.


  • Authoritative discussion of principles, policy and reform opportunities
  • Comprehensive, in-depth coverage of all major topics provides detailed guidance on an evolving practice area
  • Rigorous principles-based analysis
  • Offers solutions to complex problems of civil procedure by providing a framework for legal argument in uncertain areas
  • Covers all Australian state, territory and federal procedural rules

Other Jurisdictions , Australia
1. The Overriding Objective of Australian Civil Procedure
2. The Australian Court System and its Effect on Civil Justice
3. The Right to a Fair Trial
4. Commencement of Proceedings
5. Service
6. Defendant’s Acknowledgement of Service and Challenges to Jurisdiction
7. Pleadings: Defining the Controversy
8. The Application Procedure
9. Disposal without Trial
10. Interim Remedies: Injunctions, Freezing Orders, Security for Costs and Interim Payments
11. Court Management and Party Compliance
12. Specialist Lists and Procedural Tracks
13. Joinder and Collective Redress
14. Discontinuance, Withdrawal and Stay of Proceedings
15. Discovery, Interrogation and Inspection
16. Legal Professional Privilege
17. Without Prejudice Privilege
18. The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination
19. Public Interest Immunity
20. Witness Statements and Affidavits
21. Expert Evidence
22. Trial and Evidence
23. Judgment and Orders
24. Enforcement and Contempt
25. Appeals
26. Finality of Litigation
27. Obtaining Protection from Costs by an Offer to Settle
28. Costs
29. Settlement and Alternative Dispute Resolution