Introduction to Civil Procedure: Tactics, Pragmatism, Success

CPD Hours: 2

Price: R450.00

Title / Topic

Introduction to Civil Procedure: Tactics, Pragmatism, Success

Presenters : Dwight Snyman


This is the first part in a short course in civil procedure. The paramount focus lies in empowering legal professionals with the knowledge and strategies essential for navigating the intricacies of the South African civil procedure system.  

The webinar places a significant emphasis on the art of blending tactical approaches with pragmatic considerations to achieve success in civil litigation. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of civil procedure in South Africa, learning strategic planning techniques, effective negotiation skills, and practical tips for enhanced efficiency and cost management.

Join Adv. Dwight Snyman for this introductory webinar on civil procedure. For more information on the short course in civil procedure, click here.

Learning objectives 

Attending this webinar will equip you with the following skills: 

  • Acquire a comprehensive introduction to understanding South African civil procedure.
  • Mastery of tactical approaches in civil litigation.
  • Pragmatic application of legal strategies.
  • Gain enhanced negotiation skills and settlement techniques.
  • Possess understanding of key concepts and theories that assist in effective civil litigation. 


The webinar will cover the following topics:  

  • Introduction
    • Welcome and Opening Remarks
    • Brief introduction of Adv. Dwight Snyman
    • Overview of the webinar's focus on South African civil procedure
  • Understanding the South African Civil Procedure System
    • Overview of the Legal System in South Africa
    • Structure and hierarchy of the judiciary
    • Key legal principles guiding civil procedure
  • Fundamentals of Civil Procedure in South Africa
    • Commencement of Proceedings
    • Filing requirements
    • Jurisdiction considerations
  • Pleadings
    • Drafting effective pleadings
    • Responding to pleadings
  • Case Management
    • Pre-trial conferences and procedures
    • Managing discovery and evidence gathering
  • Tactical Approaches in South African Civil Litigation
    • Strategic Planning
    • Developing a case strategy
    • Assessing strengths and weaknesses
  • Settlement Negotiations
    • Techniques for successful negotiations
    • Balancing client objectives with legal considerations
  • Trial Tactics
    • Presentation skills in the courtroom
    • Handling witnesses and cross-examination
  • Pragmatic Considerations in South African Civil Litigation
    • Practical Tips for Efficiency
    • Time management in civil litigation
    • Utilising technology for streamlined processes
  • Cost Management
    • Budgeting and cost estimates
    • Exploring cost-effective legal strategies
  • Summary 

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