Civil Litigation in the Magistrate’s Court – Postpone due to COVID-19

Many legal office support staff have had no formal training in the processes to be followed in the Magistrates’ Courts in civil litigation matters. Furthermore, the Rules of the Magistrate’s Court have been amended in 2010 and many secretaries and typists are not familiar with the requirements of the new Rules.

The main aim of this course is to provide all participants with the skills, and so the confidence, to draft legal documents and other pleadings as and when they are required in terms of the Rules.

Who will benefit from this training?

Support staff who wish to achieve greater efficiency working for a legal practice; and Individuals who want to enter the legal field.

Course content

  • Introduction to Civil Litigation in the Magistrates’ Courts: Rules relating to pleadings; basic claims in the Magistrate’s Court; calculation of time limits; terminology; jurisdiction of the Magistrate’s Court; description of the parties; lapsing of claims
  • Application Procedure (Motions): differences between actions and motions; requirements; format of the application; application process; different forms of applications
  • Action Procedure: taking instructions, opening files and other initial steps; pleading stage; close of pleadings/preparation stage; trial; execution of judgment; undefended actions
  • Provisional Sentence Summons: requirements; format; process
  • Appeals and Reviews: Differences between appeals and review processes


Fees are calculated according to Legal Support Staff and “Other”Please see brochure above for more details.

Course facilitators

The facilitators are experts in these fields.

Course queries | Tel: 012 441 4652/00

Course Dates


The date/s indicated below will be confirmed in due notice. This is due to the impact of the corona virus.
Registration will remain open.