Overview - 2021/2022
The Court Support Services program is designed to provide graduates with the specialized knowledge and skills required to work in various court support and court and client service positions for the Ontario Courts, as well as providing specialized evidence recording and interactive learning activities focused on courtroom staff roles with an emphasis on professionalism and decorum.
Graduates can expect excellent employment opportunities in this sector or can take advantage of the other law-focused programs in the School of Public Safety to further expand their skill set.
Prepare for a Career in the Courtroom and beyond
Students who graduate from the Court Support Services program will be prepared for a range of careers within the courtroom and various other areas with Ontario Courts. Courses within the program, as well as real court training, will provide students with the necessary skills to become a court reporter, court services officer, court clerk and more. This court administration program sets you up for success in the courtroom and beyond!
Admission Requirements - 2021/2022
English Language Requirements
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Grade 11 Understanding Canadian Law (M) OR Grade 12 Canadian and International Law (U)
- Grade 12 English (U) is strongly recommended. Advanced writing skills are essential.
- Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE): Computer Skills course
Recommended Personal Preparation
- Students should possess excellent oral and written communication skills
- Students should possess basic computer skills
- Students should develop a high degree of responsibility, maturity, conscientiousness and the ability to work independently with little supervision
- Students should attend an open courtroom proceeding in their area
- Students should attend Fanshawe College's Open House for more information about this program
Applicant Selection Criteria
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
The following items are applicable to the program:
- Criminal Records and Judicial Matters Check (CRJMC)
Court Support Services-2021/2022
|LAWS-1091||Court Clerk-OCJ Criminal||3|
|Students will study the role of Ontario Court clerks with respect to assisting the judiciary in a criminal bail, plea, and trial court. The course will focus on principles, courtroom procedures, and operations using Ministry of the Attorney General-approved guidelines specific to the Ontario Court of Justice.|
|COMM-1146||Professional Communication & Courtroom 1||5|
|Students will examine and apply the principles of good written and oral communication including the use of proper grammar, spelling, and proofreading skills. Students will also study the various roles of participants in the courtroom, appropriate courtroom dress, and decorum. The course will address the importance of confidentiality and sensitivity in a courtroom environment.|
|COMP-1551||Computers & Courtroom Technology||3|
|In this course students will be introduced to Microsoft Office to create and format court services and other legal-based documents using correct formatting, spelling, and grammar. In addition, students will be introduced to various court technologies used in the courtroom. Students will have opportunities to practice these skills throughout the term.|
|LAWS-1092||Court Clerk/Registrar-Family Court 1||4|
|This course will focus on the principles, courtroom procedures, and operations using Ministry of the Attorney General-approved guidelines specific to the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, and the Family Court. Students will be introduced to Family Law legislation and rules, proceedings, case management, child protection timetables, and case tracking technology.|
|LAWS-1093||Canadian Legal System-Intro||3|
|This course introduces students to the Canadian legal system. Students will examine the parties involved in the legal system in Canada, sources of law, the Constitution, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Through this course, students will gain a general understanding of how laws are defined, created, and interpreted as well as the history, structure, and jurisdiction of Canadian courts.|
|LAWS-1094||Court Reporter 1||4|
|In this course, students examine the role of a court reporter, including how the reporter should interact with other members of the court in a professional and respectful manner. In accordance with Ministry of the Attorney General-approved guidelines, students will learn to record and annotate court proceedings using current digital recording equipment and systems.|
|LAWS-1095||Court Registrar-SCJ Civil & Criminal||4|
|This course enables students to study the role of a courtroom Registrar for civil, small claims, and criminal court cases in the Superior Court of Justice. Participants will learn pre-, post-, and incourt responsibilities in accordance with Ministry of the Attorney General-approved procedures, practices, and guidelines. Students will also gain an understanding of the jury selection process as it relates to civil and criminal proceedings.|
|In this course students will learn the necessary transcription procedures and techniques required to create and format certified transcripts from all court jurisdictions according to the standards set by the Ministry of the Attorney General.|
|LAWS-3064||Court Clerk/Registrar-Family Court 2||4|
|This course builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in the Court Clerk/Registrar -- Family Court 1. In this course, emphasis is placed on practical applications such as reading and understanding Minutes of Settlement, Consents, and Judges' orders. Students will learn how to prepare forms and orders resulting from Judges' endorsements in accordance with municipal and provincial directives.|
|In this course students will gain an understanding of the administrative, clerical, support, and Clerk/Reporter roles in the municipally-operated Provincial Offences Court. Students will learn, pre-, post-, and in-court responsibilities in accordance with Ministry of the Attorney General approved procedures, practices, and guidelines. In addition, students will gain an understanding of Provincial Offences legislation.|
|LAWS-3065||Court Reporter 2||3|
|This course builds upon the student's knowledge and skills gained in Court Reporter 1. Using specialized court reporting tools, students will enhance their ability to oversee audio recording systems and properly annotate audio recordings in accordance with Ministry of the Attorney General-approved procedures, practices, and guidelines.|
|COMM-3088||Professional Communication & Courtroom 2||4|
|This course builds upon student skills introduced in Professional Communication and Courtroom Decorum I as well as introducing further responsibilities of court clerks/registrars and court service officers. Students will learn and actively practice courtroom decorum, client service skills, and in-court procedures in accordance with Ministry of Attorney General standards and guidelines.|
|FLDP-5023||Court Support Services Field Placement||3.2|
|Court Support Services students will complete a field placement component in a work setting for a minimum of 120 hours, scheduled for four weeks at the end of Semester 2. A student's work experience and the scheduling of field placement will reflect the employer's needs. This course provides students with an opportunity to apply academic skills and knowledge in a workplace environment rather than inside the classroom. While on placement, students will have an opportunity to gain experience by working with the judiciary, counsel, the public, and other court staff. This experience will impact on the student's understanding of the demands of the courtroom and will serve to reinforce the importance of professionalism and decorum in court support service settings.|
Careers - 2021/2022
Career OpportunitiesGraduates from the Court Support Services program find career opportunities in provincial and federal courts (including the French-language court system), municipal offices, administrative boards, agencies, and tribunals. A career in this field enables one to serve their community and provides responsibility, variety, flexibility, and advancement all within the stimulating environment of the justice system. Positions graduates are qualified for typically include court reporter, court officer, and court clerk. Graduates may also secure freelance work by offering transcription services.
More Information - 2021/2022
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
Program DescriptionThis program is designed to provide graduates with the specialized knowledge and skills required to work in various court support and court and client service positions for the Ontario Courts, as well as providing specialized evidence recording and interactive learning activities focused on courtroom staff roles with an emphasis on professionalism and decorum.
- The timetable for this full-time Ontario College Certificate program includes many afternoon and evening classes.
- Students must successfully pass all Level 1 & 2 courses to be eligible for the culminating placement.
- Placement constitutes part of this program. Students should be prepared for some additional personal costs.
- Applicants who do not have the prerequisites or minimum final grades required for admission into the Court Support Services program are encouraged to apply to the Public Safety Fundamentals program. The Public Safety Fundamentals program provides a pathway for those students interested in pursuing a legal career program in the School of Public Safety.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Maintain a professional attitude in adherence to courtroom decorum.
- Interact with judiciary, counsel, stakeholders, the public and court staff in a respectful manner and using a customer service oriented approach.
- Create and format court services documents using computer software in accordance with municipal and provincial directives and governing legislation.
- Record and annotate court proceedings using digital court technology adhering to proper restrictions and flagging of cases.
- Examine, compare and complete various forms accurately and legibly according to court service requirements and proceedings.
- Maintain and manage critical details of all court files (including court minute books and exhibits) ensuring their secure storage at all times in accordance with municipal and provincial directives.
- Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work in court support service settings.