Municipal court training gets you prepared for a career in court support services
Municipal Court Training Gets You Prepared for a Career in Court Support ServicesBecoming a court clerk or a court monitor can be achieved in just twosemesters thanks to Centennial College’s court clerk training known asCourt Support Services. But just what do these positions entail? Thecourt monitor is responsible for: asking speakers to clarify inaudiblestatements; providing transcripts of proceedings upon request ofjudges, lawyers, or the public; recording verbatim proceedings ofcourts, legislative assemblies, committee meetings, and otherproceedings, using computerized recording equipment, electronicstenograph machines, or steno masks; transcribing recordedproceedings in accordance with established formats; and respondingto requests during court sessions to read portions of the proceedingsalready recorded. Meanwhile a court clerk must: prepare dockets orcalendars of cases to be called; record case dispositions, court orders,and arrangements made for payment of court fees; preparedocuments recording the outcomes of court proceedings; instructparties about timing of court appearances; explain procedures orforms to parties in cases or to the general public; swear in jurymembers, interpreters, witnesses and defendants; and more.Professionals in these positions who study municipal court training findcareers at: The Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario Court ofJustice, Ontario Superior Court of Justice), municipal courts, tribunalsand boards, official examiners, and court reporting services.At Centennial College, the court clerk training has been approved bythe Ministry of the Attorney General. As such, students in this offeringlearn about the procedural rules, municipal court training, courtreporting and transcribing as well as specific laws such as family lawand criminal law. Each court clerk training course is taught in a smallclass by experienced faculty members who work within the courtsystem and provide students with the legal and practical hands-onlearning newly upgraded computer labs, simulated courtroom settings,and practical, career-oriented assignments.To round out the learning that takes place on campus, court clerktraining students also take trips to the various courtrooms andtribunals in order for them to see first-hand exactly how their careerroles work. The college even has an assimilated courtroom withinCentennial College, so the students will actually be able to practicetaking an oath and presenting before judges. Further advancing the
learning students obtain are two practical on-the-job experiences.In order to graduate from the court clerk training program, with itsfocus on municipal court training, students are required to attain aminimum C grade average and an overall minimum GPA of 2.0.Court clerk training applicants must have completed at minimum anOntario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19years of age or older. Academic requirements include compulsoryEnglish 12 or U, or skills assessment, or equivalent. Applicants mustdemonstrate an acceptable level of English language proficiency inorder to be considered for admission. Applicants whose first languageis not English, and who have studied in an English language schoolsystem, for less than three full years may meet English proficiencyrequirements by providing satisfactory results an English LanguageProficiency test.Author Details: Emma is the author of this article about the municipalcourt training and court clerk training offered at Centennial College.This offering includes two practical on-the-job experiences.