Municipal Court Training offers workplace options by jasonw93

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Summary: This article notes that the Court Support Services
program, which offers municipal court training takes just two
semesters to complete and ensures students have both an academic
foundation and practical experience.

Did you know that just by attending one municipal court training
program, such as Centennial College’s Court Support Services, you will
be prepared to work as either a court report or court clerk? That’s
because this offering takes two semesters to teach its students the
know-how to perform the varied tasks of both positions.

As a court clerk, you will be responsible for maintaining and keeping
court records, which includes the typing, filing and attending court
appointments as well as answering calls. In addition, your court clerk
training will give you the abilities to contact witnesses, lawyers and
litigants to instruct them on when to appear in court for a case;
prepare dockets of cases to be called out; administer oaths to
witnesses, jurors and grand jurors; authenticate copies of court
records and handle financial record keeping; act as custodians of the
court’s seal and records; collect fees and other payments or deposits
made to the court; process petitions and warrants; and handle court
correspondences. Meanwhile, as a court reporter, you will be
responsible for using electronic monitoring equipment to record,
verbatim, a variety of assigned court proceedings. Among specific
duties are: monitoring what is said in court using a headset, recording
what is said using transcribing machinery and playing back recordings
as required, keeping a running log as the trial proceeds (including
relevant data according to the numerical calibrator), and preparing
accurate transcripts and maintains a file of appeal transcripts.

Approved by the Ministry of the Attorney General, Centennial College’s
municipal court training covers vital areas of the court system such as:
family and criminal court, current issues in Canadian law, word
processing, ethics and professional conduct, and more. The topics are
presented through theoretical lectures, practical and career-oriented
assignments, and hands-on application in computer labs and
courtroom settings that simulate real life situations. In fact, Centennial
College’s Progress Campus boasts a simulated courtroom that allows
students to become comfortable with the tasks they will perform,
including taking an oath and presenting before a judge. Because all
classes in this municipal court training are small, students have a
chance for one-on-one time with their instructors as well as
networking and peer interaction with fellow students.

To complement this simulated training, students take numerous trips
to various courtrooms and tribunal hearings to see, firsthand, exactly
what their role will be within the courtroom setting. Additionally, there
are two municipal court training practicum aspects that allow students
to apply what they have learned to real-world settings prior to
graduation. In order to graduate from the Court Support Services
program, students are required to attain a minimum C grade average
and an overall minimum GPA of 2.0 for graduation.

To apply for Centennial College’s municipal court training, applicants
must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma
(OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Academic
requirements include compulsory English 12 or U, or skills assessment,
or equivalent.


Author Details: In this article, Jason notes that court support
services allow professionals to work either as court reporters or court
clerks. While responsibilities differ, students who attend a municipal
Court Clerk Training program are prepared for both.

								
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