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    Court and Tribunal Administration

Program Code:CTA
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Enjoy a fulfilling career as a professional administrator or clerk for courts and quasi– judicial administrative tribunals.

Upon successful completion of all the elements of LGL201, including full attendance, you’ll receive an Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate from the School of Legal and Public Administration.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Understand Canada's legal system and the role of courts and tribunals in that system.
  • Understand the administration and operation of courts and tribunals including standard practices and procedures.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities associated with being a public official and officer of the court.
  • Undertake case flow management applying appropriate techniques of case flow management.
  • Refer court and tribunal proceeding to the appropriate judicial or quasi-judicial official.
  • Manage all court and tribunal files and documents set down for a hearing.
  • Supervise or co-ordinate the logistics of the proposed facilities used for hearings.
  • Manage the physical premises used for court and tribunal proceedings.
  • Prepare pertinent reports including budgets for the use of premises.
  • Administer a personnel program at the local level including the supervision of entry level clerks.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M);
    • Grade 12 The Writer's Craft;
    • Grade 11 Canadian History and Politics Since 1945;
    • High degree of computer literacy and keyboarding skills at 35 w.p.m.

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Launch your career as a court clerk or administrator. Graduates of our Court and Tribunal Administration diploma program pursue exciting careers with the federal, provincial and municipal courts, or with regulatory boards, agencies and tribunals.

Required Keyboarding Speeds

  • 40 w.p.m. (net) for graduation

Field Placement

Meet all the academic requirements and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a four–week unpaid field placement at the end of fourth semester. This provides you with practical work experience and exposure to potential employers. Students may have a shared responsibility for securing a placement, and those wishing to be placed in a court or other government setting will have to provide a police clearance certificate.

Students who do not have permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship may not be eligible for a field placement with a government department, agency or court.


Upon graduation from the CTA program with a 3.0 grade point average, you’ll have the opportunity to obtain an honours degree in York University’s Law and Society Program in three years instead of the usual four. Contact the Court and Tribunal Administration Co– ordinator for further details.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Tyndale University College• Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration, Business Administration – International Development or Business Administration – Co-op)


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Honours) in Legal Studies – Bridge
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts - Governance, Law and Management
• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is a prerequisite.

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.


Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
LGL102 Contracts and Torts 4
LGL113 Legal Entities and Relationships 3
LGL123 Introduction to the Legal System for PLE/CTA 3
LGL214 Legal Computer Applications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CSL200 Advanced Communication Skills for Legal Professionals 3
LGL201 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3
LGL126 Administrative Law 2
LGL215 Immigration Law 2
LGL232 Employment Law 3
LGL237 Residential Landlord and Tenant Law 3
LGL411 Legal Research and Writing 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CTA318 Civil Procedure I 3
CTA319 Family Law Practice and Procedure 3
CTA323 Criminal Law and Procedure for Court Administrators 2
CTA340 Public Administration Skills 3
CTA360 Justice Administration Procedures 2
CTA438 Transcription and Court Reporting Skills 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CTA330 Computer Applications for CTA 2
CTA423 Civil Procedure II 2
CTA425 Government Project Management 4
CTA426 Refugee Law for Court Administrators 2
CTA427 Ethics and Professional Responsibility 2
LGL226 Tribunal Practice and Procedure 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
FPL470 Field Placement II

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Shanda Reid
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22805
International Admissions Advisor: Ida Yee
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22405
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Randy Ramnanan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22460
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Linda Pasternak
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22819
Program Chair: Wanda Forsythe
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22745
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