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Australian Costs Law (LLB202)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: SUM-internal
Description The unit will introduce students to the law of legal costs as practised in the Western Australian jurisdiction and the Commonwealth Courts. It will cover costs orders, billing practices, costs agreements and the costs assessment process. There will also be some comparative analysis with costs regimes in other jurisdictions.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to:
(1) Justify an order for an out of the ordinary order for costs or security for costs.
(2) Draft submissions in support of a costs order.
(3) Evaluate a costs agreement for utility and for compliance with statutory disclosure regimes.
(4) Break down a matter file and prepare it for costs assessment, including provision of supporting argument in relation to items in dispute.
(5) Dispute or support a bill of costs in both party/party and solicitor/client disputes.
(6) Track through the various appeal mechanisms available in the costs dispute system.
(7) Identify and explain the differences between party/party and solicitor client costs
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The unit will combine pre recorded lecture modules with virtual workshops. Students will be supplied with reading relevant to each module of the class and will be expected to engage with live workshop scenarios and tasks.
Other Learning Experiences This unit will be provided wholly online. Lecture modules will be available from the start of the unit. Workshops will run daily over 8 days.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor. Completion of BJU100
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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