Instructor(s): Hamish Stewart

This section of the course is for students studying remotely. This course will meet two times a week, via audio-visual conference. All students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here []

This course provides an introduction to the processes of legal dispute resolution. The principal focus of the course will be the civil litigation process. Topics to be covered may include: pleadings; standing; justiciability; the joinder of parties; intervention by non-parties; limitation periods; relitigation; jurisdiction; preliminary relief; discovery; confidentiality and privilege; summary judgment; and the trial process. The course will also provide a brief introduction to the criminal process and, if time permits, other dispute-resolution processes. The focus, during all of these discussions, will be on the rationales for the rules, standards, and doctrines that govern legal procedure, in light of the various interests that must be accommodated: the plaintiff’s desire to be heard, the defendant’s wish to avoid needless litigation, the efforts of non-parties to have their interests represented, the needs of potential future litigants to have the law clearly set out on the basis of accurate information, and the public’s demand for an effective and efficient system.

class participation (10%) and a 2 hour take-home examination on the day the exam is scheduled (90%).
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

First Term



75 JD


M: 2:10 - 3:30 pm (AV Conference)
W: 2:10 - 3:30 pm (AV Conference)