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Court Clerk Training Can Get You Into Municipal Courts Across Canada

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Court Support Services can be divided into two sub-sections: court reporter and court clerk. The tasks of the positions differ but you must attend a municipal court training program to qualify.

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Court Clerk Training Can Get You Into Municipal Courts Across Canada

  1. 1. Court Clerk Training Can Get You Into Municipal Courts Across CanadaIf you enjoy watching court TV, have an interest in the judicial system and in high profile court cases thenperhaps a career in Court Support Services is for you. Within this field are two positions that ensure courttrials are conducted as smoothly as possible. These positions are Court Clerks and CourtMonitors/Reporters. In order gain a job in either position, you must attend Court Clerk Training thatincludes municipal court training at a post-secondary institution.Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario offers a two-semester program that results in an Ontario CollegeCertificate and offers hands-on skills training that has been approved by the Ministry of the AttorneyGeneral. To apply, students must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) orequivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Academic requirements include compulsory English 12 or U, orskills assessment, or equivalent.Having been designed with the recommendation and approval of the Ministry of the Attorney General, thecourt clerk training guarantees that students are learning all they need to know in order to enter the fieldupon graduation. Within the program, students learn about family and criminal court, current issues inCanadian law, word processing, ethics and professional conduct, and more. This is achieved throughcourses such as: Court Clerk Criminal, Ethics and Professional Conduct, Communications, WordProcessing Applications and more. Classrooms within this program are small. Also used are computer labsand courtroom settings that simulate real life situations. In fact, the courtroom is on Centennial College’scampus, allowing students to obtain hands-on training (including taking an oath and presenting before ajudge) at a convenient location. To complement this simulated training, students take numerous trips tovarious courtrooms and tribunal hearings to see, firsthand, exactly what their role will be within thecourtroom setting. In order to graduate from the Court Support Services program, students are required toattain a minimum C grade average and an overall minimum GPA of 2.0 for graduation.Upon graduation from their municipal court training, students either become court reporters or court clerks.If a person chooses to become a court clerk, he or she maintains and keeps court records. This entails:typing, filing, attending court appointments and answering calls. In addition, court clerks are in charge ofcontacting witnesses, lawyers and litigants and instruct them on when to appear in court for a case. Oncethe trial is in progress, they prepare dockets of cases to be called out as well as administer oaths towitnesses, jurors and grand jurors. Lastly, these professionals authenticate copies of court records andhandle financial record keeping, act as custodians of the court’s seal and records, collect fees and otherpayments or deposits made to the court, process petitions and warrants and handle court correspondences.On the other hand, court reporters uses electronic monitoring equipment to record, verbatim, a variety ofassigned court proceedings. This involves monitoring what is said in court using a headset, recording whatis said using transcribing machinery and playing back recordings as required. The court reporter must alsokeep a running log as the trial proceeds. In this log, he or she notes relevant data according to the numericalcalibrator. He or she then prepares accurate transcripts and maintains a file of appeal transcripts. Author : JasonView Source : Centennial College - Court Clerk Training

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