Students get several opportunities to volunteer for experiential learning events which directly relate to learning and performing the duties of a court clerk/registrar in the field. The pictures below show two CTSS students who acted as court clerks during the mock trial for the Project Lord Ridgeback event. The students in the program also act as court registrars at the Durham Courthouse for the Paralegal program college and Ontario wide mock trials learning and working with real judges!
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 field placement course which allows students to choose placement in specific court support positions.
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 criminal record and judicial matters checks prior to entering into your second semester field placement.
Project Lord Ridgeback
Project Lord Ridgeback (PLRB) is multi-disciplinary experiential learning exercise that simulates a local disaster. Interacting with actors who play victims, casualties, emotionally distressed persons and the elderly in a staged, choreographed event, students from a wide range of programs learn by acting and responding as they would in real emergencies. Subject matter experts design injects into disaster-related scenarios which simulate authentic workplace demands.
Following the mock disaster, students participate in follow up exercises to apply learning in mock court testimony, critical incident stress debrief, crime-scene lab work, and form completion specific to their program areas.
Student participants are from a wide range of DC programs including: Practical Nursing, Primary Care Paramedic, Police Foundations, Protection Security & Investigation, Paralegal, 911 Call Centre Communications, Advanced Law Enforcement and Investigations, Journalism Mass Media Program, Social Service Worker, Activation Co-ordination – Gerontology, Court Support Services.