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If you enjoy getting your courtroom fix from TV shows, it’s time to put down the remote and join the action by attending the Court Support Services program.
This two-semester certificate program will prepare you to work with judges, lawyers, paralegals and the public, providing pre-court, in-session and post-court support. In this role you'll safeguard the functioning of the courtroom, and by extension, the judicial process.
During your time in Court Support Services, you'll participate in courtroom simulations and mock trials, working with real court equipment, court forms and court procedures. You'll gain the skills to professionally communicate with court staff, stakeholders and the judiciary, administer oaths, and maintain order and decorum in a court or tribunal.
The program's practicum component will provide you with an opportunity to shadow professionals in a real courtroom. Centennial's faculty and staff will work closely with you to maximize this shadowing experience, which will ensure that you acquire the essential skills to:
- Prepare exhibits
- Distribute court dockets
- Prepare court documents
- Test audio and recording equipment
- Set up, troubleshoot and monitor court video technology
- Arrange adjournment dates
- Coordinate and manage a jury panel
Please note: As a graduate of this program, you'll be eligible to apply to the accredited court transcription course Court Transcription - Novice.
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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners
Career Options, Academic Pathways and PartnersPrinter Friendly
- Experienced faculty members who work within the court system provide you with legal and practical hands-on learning opportunities.
- In the program's Court Support Services courses, you complete realistic, career-oriented assignments.
- Graduates of the Court Support Services program can apply to the Accredited Court Transcription Course
- Graduates of this program may wish to take the Court Transcription course offered through our CE (Continuing Education) department. Students who complete this course will be eligible to become authorized Court Transcriptionists in accordance with Ministry of Attorney General requirements.
- Court registrar
- Court support staff
- Court clerk
- Court monitor
- Court services officer
- Court and client representative
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
- English Grade 12 C or U,or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
How to Apply
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1. Apply Online
If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.If you have previously attended a full-time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.
All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.
2. Submit Documents
Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.
Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.
If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).
For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.
3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission
Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.
You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.
You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.
When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.
4. Pay Fees
Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.
You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.
5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)
Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.
Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April
Your web-registration will not open if:
You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.
Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.
Tuition and Fees
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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2020.
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