Writing Documents for Litigation

Durban: 21 & 22
August 2017
Midrand: 23 & 24 October 2017


  • Learn to draft on your own without relying on precedents.
  • Know how to instruct a legal practitioner and evaluate their work.
  • Effectively advise your client when engaged in litigation.
  • Understand how to draft in accordance with case management procedures as introduced in our courts.
  • Acquire techniques in obtaining instructions and analyzing fact and law.
  • You will write in a manner that is persuasive.


  • Legal advisors in Government
  • Corporate and in-house legal advisors
  • Practitioners in dispute resolution
  • Attorneys in litigation departments


  • Staff from a practising attorney’s firm: R2 900
  • Other professions: R4 200


  • Writing technique, including plain language drafting and what is expected by Judges
  • How to write in a manner that is persuasive
  • Technique in taking instructions
  • How to conduct fact analysis and legal research
  • How to prepare chronology documents
  • Reference to the practice directives in the high court
  • Preparing to draft particulars of claim
  • How to analyse facts and the law in deciding on a cause of action
  • Reference to the uniform rules and how to comply
  • Instruction on how to draft a cause of action
  • Instruction on how to draft particulars of claim; there will be actual drafting exercises under guidance of experienced practitioners
  • Preparing to draft a plea
  • How to take instructions based on plaintiff’s particulars of claim
  • Assisting your client in crafting his defence
  • How to effectively plead a defence
  • Instructions on how to draft a plea, applying the uniform rules; there will be actual drafting exercises under guidance of experienced practitioners
  • How and when to make a decision to proceed by way of Motion
  • How to draft Notices of Motion with reference to practice directives
  • This will include long form, short form and two part notices of motion
  • Drafting specialized notices of motion for Search and Seizure and other interdicts
  • Practical drafting exercises using case studies
  • Taking instructions and analyzing fact for drafting a founding affidavit
  • How to set out the facts of your cause of action technique in drafting an affidavit that is persuasive and in keeping with what Judges expect
  • There will be a practical drafting exercise
  • How to draft an answering affidavit
  • The most effective method of setting out a defence
  • There will be a drafting exercise to ensure skills transfer
  • An explanation of what is required in a replying affidavit


Click here to download the brochure WRITING DOCUMENTS FOR LITIGATION
The form takes a couple of seconds to download. Email the completed form with proof of payment to annelie@LSSALEAD.org.za

EFT payment to accompany your registration.
Law Society of South Africa
Acc no: 6200 9641 079
Bank: FNB Pretoria
Branch Code: 251445
Ref: Your name and cell number
For more information about this course, contact Bettie Lubbe at Bettie@LSSALEAD.org.za on tel: +27 (0)12 441 4670.


  1. Course registration will be confirmed only if proof of payment is attached to the form.
  2. Fees must be paid into the designated LSSA bank account. The LSSA will not accept liability if any other bank account is used.
  3. LEAD reserves the right to cancel a learning activity should the number of delegates not justify the costs involved. Registered delegates will be given reasonable notice of cancellation.
  4. Registrations close 5 working days prior to the course date.


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