Commencing Litigation

CPD Hours: 2

Price: R450.00

Title / Topic

Commencing Litigation

Presenters : Dwight Snyman


This is the second segment of a 9-part webinar series dedicated to civil procedure. The primary goal is to empower legal professionals with essential knowledge and strategies for navigating South Africa's civil procedure system intricacies.

The webinar focuses on blending tactical approaches with pragmatic considerations to succeed in civil litigation. Participants will grasp the fundamentals of civil procedure in South Africa, learning strategic planning, negotiation skills, and practical tips for efficiency and cost management.

Join Adv. Dwight Snyman for this second instalment of our 9-part webinar series on civil procedure.

Learning objectives

Attending this webinar will equip you with the following skills:

  • Ensure you grasp the vital aspects of starting legal proceedings, including necessary documents, filing steps, and important considerations.
  • Offer guidance on strategic decision-making in civil litigation by helping you understand when to choose between filing a motion and taking direct action.
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of jurisdiction and venue intricacies, empowering you to navigate these critical aspects confidently and accurately.
  • Go into the procedural intricacies of ex parte applications, ensuring you understand the complexities of seeking relief without the opposing party's presence.
  • Possess a clear and actionable roadmap for initiating civil cases effectively, synthesising gained knowledge into practical steps.


The webinar will cover the following topics: 

  • Foundations of Initiating Litigation
    •  Pleadings and Complaints
    • Summons and Service of Process
    • Pre-Filing Investigations
  • Procedural Aspects of Filing
    • Filing Requirements and Timelines
    • 2Electronic Filing Systems
    • Amendments and Corrections
  • Jurisdiction and Venue Considerations
    •  Subject Matter Jurisdiction
    •  Personal Jurisdiction
    •  Venue Selection Strategies
  • Strategic Decision-Making: Action vs. Application Basis
    •  Choosing Between Action and Application
    • Procedural Requirements for Actions
    • Procedural Requirements for Applications
  • Ex Parte Applications in Detail
    • Legal Basis for Ex Parte Relief
    • Procedural Formalities
    • Case Law and Precedents
  • Roadmap for Effective Civil Case Initiation
    •  Case Management Strategies
    • Initial Disclosures and Discovery
    • Settlement Negotiations and Alternative Dispute Resolution

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