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Civil Pleadings: Suits, Procedures & Lifecycle of a Civil Suit


Pleadings serve a primary purpose to acquaint the Court and parties with all facts in a civil dispute. It serves as the formal basis for the judgment. Thus, lawyers need to be highly skilled in drafting effective pleadings to put forward the best argument in the Court of Law. However, young lawyers have a hard time learning the art of pleadings. Even internships under senior counsel do not help in most cases as the basic understanding and knowledge of civil pleadings is missing.

This course deals exclusively with the branch of civil pleadings and gives an understanding of all the topics revolving around the art of drafting effective pleadings. From giving a perspective on the basic principles of pleadings to providing a jurisprudential aspect, this course explains the procedure to file a pleading in a very crisp and concise manner. Law students, fresh graduates and young lawyers would find this course a strong source to develop profound understanding of civil pleadings.

Course Outcome


After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the development and procedure to file a civil pleading in India
  • Draft Court documents in accordance with the applicable Court rules and interlocutory applications that are to be filed in a Court
  • Advise a client on the effects of a judgment, enforcement of said judgment and costs orders
  • Understand the issues in civil practice with the help of given case laws and case studies

Course Outline

  • Module 1 – Forms of Pleadings: A Case Study
  • Module 2 – Civil Pleadings and Procedure in India
  • Module 3 – Written statement, Rejoinder, Replication and Interlocutory Application
  • Module 4 – Execution Proceedings, Appeals, Revision and Review
  • Module 5 – Writs, Special Leave Petitions and Public Interest Litigations
  • Module 6 – Amendment to Pleadings
  • Module 7 – Applications under the Provisions of the Civil Procedure Code
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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Who Should Take This Course?

  • Lawyers
  • Legal Advisors and Counsel
  • Law Students and Researchers
  • Other stakeholders interested in learning the procedure to file a civil pleading in Court, in India

Level: Beginner

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months

Evaluation Method

Learners must submit all assignments and secure at least 50% marks in Certification Exam at the end of the course to obtain the course certificate.

About the Author

Manish Shrivastava, Managing Partner - Tulika Law Associate, is a practicing lawyer based in Delhi since the year 1999. He is a law graduate from University of Delhi, providing general counsel, advisory and litigation services on varied areas of law.

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