Internship Experience @ Chambers of Honorable Justice Joymalya Bagchi, Kolkata High Court: Hard work can take you places, even if you’re a novice

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Shreya Tewari, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab, 3rd Year

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Chambers of Honorable Justice Joymalya Bagchi, Kolkata High Court. Team strength – 4.

Application Process

Tedious. But absolutely worth it.

You have to take an application to the registrar of the court and then keep following up.

I personally also went to sir’s chamber and kept asking the PA to do whatever was needed.

Basically, If you do not have a personal contact, only patient persistence will get you the internship.

Duration of internship and timings

2nd June – 2nd July, 2016

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

First Impression/ formalities – There’s a lot going on. Regardless of whether Sir is in the chamber or in the court. So the first day I was a little intimidated. But genuinely eager to learn. No formalities as such.

Infrastructure – Since I was working right out of sir’s chamber inside the court, the infrastructure was that of a government building. Workable but not impressive per se.

Main tasks

The more enthusiasm you show, the more work you will get.

For me, main task was to find case laws to assist sir in the drafting of the judgements.

I did a lot of legislative research. Starting from SC ST Act to CrPC etc.

I also helped sir with a speech that he was to use to inaugurate a conference at WBNUJS.

We also had to sit in his court and observe the proceedings.

The dullest of all was checking all the judgements sir passed each day for typos and grammatical errors.

Work environment and people

Bengali could be a problem.

It’s similar to Hindi, but when spoken in its most authentic manner, not really.

The people are super super friendly. They help you with the work and are also relaxed if you want a break that is a little longer than usual once in a while.

Special mention to Biplab da, the PA.

Best things

Justice Bagchi himself. We had to meet him before we left and he would ask us what we did all day.

Learnt a lot of work ethics from him. The discussions in lieu of his speech.

Bad things

Some days, connectivity problems.

Otherwise there’s not a lot that I didn’t like.

Stipend

None.

Biggest Lessons

The first day, I was so intimidated by sir’s presence, that while he was giving me a dictation, I kept typing Court instead of CODE. Yes, stupid, I know.

That day he told me, ‘You’re so novice, it’s hard to work with you.’

Last three days of work, when I was leaving his chamber, he said, ‘Wonderful work’, ‘Wonderfully researched.’ and ‘You’ve done a marvelous job. Thank you.’

Hard work can take you places. Even if you’re novice. That was my biggest lesson.

Overall Rating

10

Accommodation

I’m from Calcutta and I live very close to the court. So accommodation wasn’t a problem.

But for you, there are several PGs around the High Court.

Office Timings

Usually 9:30 AM to 5 PM, although I usually stayed on a lot longer because of the amount of work I was given, in an absolutely good way. I usually took it all upon myself. So around 8:30 PM.

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