SRJC Course Outlines

7/22/2024 10:22:32 PMBOT 85.4A Course Outline as of Fall 2010

Inactive Course

Discipline and Nbr:  BOT 85.4ATitle:  CIVIL LITIGATION LEVEL 1  
Full Title:  Commencement of Civil Litigation Level 1
Last Reviewed:9/16/1998

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.00Lecture Scheduled16.008 max.Lecture Scheduled128.00
Minimum1.00Lab Scheduled01 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total16.00 Contact Total128.00
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  256.00Total Student Learning Hours: 384.00 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course is intended for Legal Secretary Certificate Program students and individuals interested in learning civil litigation, terminology, procedure, and process.  Discussion of the procedures and preparation of legal documents including a complaint, summons, answer, and proof of service.  Legal calendaring, trial court delay reduction requirements, local rules of court, service of process, and dismissal of a lawsuit will also be covered.
(Grade or P/NP)

Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.   Define the participants/parties to a lawsuit.
2.   Explain the difference between a civil case, criminal case, and
    family law case.
3.   Discuss methods for obtaining, gathering information prior to
    commencement of a lawsuit.
4.   Format legal documents including a complaint, summons, answer,
    and proof of service.
5.   Explain legal requirements for service of a lawsuit.
6.   Describe the various methods of serving a lawsuit, including
7.   Understand the components of legal documents and their importance.
8.   Describe the difference between  service of the complaint and service
    of other legal documents.
9.   Discuss legal calendaring and the difference between "court" and
    "calendar" days.
10.  Explain the importance for accuracy in legal calendaring.
11.  Understand Sonoma County's trial court delay reduction program.
12.  Prepare documents required by Sonoma County for the trial court
    delay program.
13.  Identify rules of the Sonoma County Courts relating to civil
14.  Discuss the court process from filing a lawsuit to obtaining a
15.  Identify and prepare documents to dismiss a lawsuit.

Topics and Scope
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1.  Obtaining pre-lawsuit information from client, physicians, police
   agencies, etc.
2.  Civil litigation process from filing of a lawsuit to judgment or
3.  Terminology relative to civil litigation.
4.  Preparation of civil litigation legal documents.
5.  Overview of trial court delay reduction requirements.
6.  Overview of County of Sonoma rules relating to civil litigation.
7.  Service of the lawsuit/other documents.

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Listing civil procedures for simulated cases.
Drafting components of legal documents for civil lawsuit.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 40%
Simulated Cases
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
30 - 40%
Class performances, homework assignments
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 20%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 10%
In-class participation

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