Civil Procedure - Commentary and Materials provides students and practitioners with a comprehensive analysis of the practical and theoretical issues encountered in Australian civil procedure, including alternative dispute resolution. This text combines a wealth of primary and secondary materials from all jurisdictions. The common law is clearly set out, together with extensive practical commentary. Each chapter features in-depth questions and notes together with lists of further reading to aid and extend understanding of the issue. It also examines and discusses each substantive and procedural step in the trial and appeal process. Topics include jurisdiction of a court to consider a matter, alternative dispute resolution, limitations of actions, commencing proceedings and case management, service, pleading, parties and joinder, gathering evidence, trial and appeal, costs, enforcement and practical directions. Each of the state, territory and federal procedures is covered. New to this edition is a chapter on group proceedings. This sixth edition contains completely revised and updated legislation, Rules of Court, cases and articles.