PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: CTSS
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Justice & Emergency Services (JES)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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Court Support Services

Court Support Services

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Court Support Services

Court Support Services

Whether you are working in criminal, civil, youth, family or provincial offences court, court support services workers carry a lot of responsibility. As a court support services employee you must maintain and ensure proper decorum and integrity while providing high-quality customer service. You will gain practical skills and knowledge, including evidence recording skills, and obtain a solid foundation in court support services that will prepare you for a career in many areas within the justice sector.

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Program Description

This program is designed to provide you with the many specialized knowledge and skills required to work in various court support staff capacities for the courts in Ontario focusing on the roles of the Courtroom Clerk/Registrar, Court Reporter and Court Services Officer positions, as well as in agencies, on boards and tribunals, and in administrative positions within the justice sector.

In addition, it will enable you to gain the specialized evidence recording and skills required to work for organizations such as corporate boards, law firms and private court reporting agencies. You will also obtain a solid foundation that will help prepare you for work in many other areas within the justice sector.

You should possess excellent oral and written communication skills; have a high degree of responsibility, punctuality, maturity and conscientiousness; and have the ability to work independently with little supervision and as part of a team.

Prior to admission you should attend a courtroom setting and speak to a court support services worker or a member of an agency, board or commission to acquire knowledge about his or her duties.

Please note: You are required to complete a criminal record check prior to entering into your second semester field placement.

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 Canadian law (recommended)
  • Keyboarding speed of 50 words per minute (recommended)
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Career Options

WHAT YOU COULD BE:

  • Court clerk/court registrar
  • Court reporter
  • Court services officer
  • Court and client services representatives
  • Courts administration
  • Judicial secretary
  • Legal secretary
  • Specialized court workers

WHERE YOU COULD WORK

  • Municipal and provincial courthouses
  • Client service agencies
  • Law firms
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Tuition$2,851$12,622
Compulsory Ancillary

$1,141

$1,541
Program Incidental$145$145
Total Fees:$4,136$14,308

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement, which will provide the opportunity to integrate theory with practice under the supervision of an industry professional. Durham College’s Court Support Services certificate program was the first program in Ontario to focus on employment within court services as well as court-related positions in the justice sector. It distinguishes itself from other programs due to the focus on specific court support positions and the expertise of faculty within the court services field. The most significant part of the program is the field observations in first semester visiting many levels of court and the one-on-one shadowing component in second semester.

Please note: You are required to complete a criminal record check prior to entering into your second semester field placement.

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Centre for Integrated Justice Studies

The Centre for Integrated Justice Studies (CIJS) is a training function of the School of Justice & Emergency Services. CIJS offers unique seminars and workshops to give DC/UOIT students and the public a competitive edge in preparing them for job searching and interviews. For more information please visit the CIJS website.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates can go on to take:

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: CTSS
  • Program length: Two semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Justice & Emergency Services (JES)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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