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Civil Litigation Committee



The Civil Litigation Committee has formed an enviable reputation for the quality of our submissions and is in regular contact with the Australian Law Reform Commission and other arms of government. To read our submissions, see the Young Lawyers Submissions page.


Navigating through the often turbulent waters of civil litigation need not be a fearful experience. Our Committee can offer you a lifeline with our range of practical guidebooks.

How to Survive & Thrive in Your First Year of Law

Survive and Thrive tile 3rd edition

The third edition of this award winning publication was released in March 2017. The guide endeavours to give valuable guidance to problems which young lawyers may face in their first few years of practice and provide a realistic guide to the study and practice of law. Covered in the guide are topics such as how to survive and thrive as a law student, how to become a lawyer, the first two years of practice, work related problems, and your professional reputation.

Download the Survive & Thrive guide

Order your free hardcopy through the Law Society Shop.


The Practitioner's Guide to Civil Litigation

4th Ed. Practitioner's Guide to Civil Litigation Cover

The fourth edition of this award winning publication was launched in November 2014. The Guide endeavours to provide a go-to guide for all steps involved in civil litigation, including, but not limited to, drafting pleadings and evidence, discovery, interlocutory applications, alternative dispute resolution, appeals, and enforcing judgments. The Guide also covers the different jurisdictions a civil litigator may find themselves, and is indeed written by people with experience in those areas. The Guide refers to legislation, rules of court, and practice notes.

Purchase your hardcopy from the Law Society Shop. (Limit of five copies in any one order)

Free Copies including postage are available for the following organisations: 

Community Legal Centres and other community based non-profit organisations including charities, public benevolent institutions and pro bono legal assistance centres.

You must email NSW Young Lawyers to obtain your copies.

Free Copies excluding postage are available to:

Libraries, local government councils and government services/departments.

Discounted rates:

Discounted rate of $5.00 per copy (plus postage) for undergraduate students.



Read updates on Civil Litigation, as well as news about the Committee's activities in the following monthly newsletters:


June 2017

March 2017

To view previous editions of the Committee's newsletter, please go to the newsletter archive.