Internship Experience @ Advocate Sachindranath Halder, Alipore District Court, West Bengal: Get wisdom of 40 years of experience

Intern Details

Name – Akshita Bohra

Name of college – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

Year of Study – Second

Duration of Internship

3 weeks [8th June, 2015 – 29th June, 2015]

Name of advocate

Sachindranath Halder

He is one of the senior most advocates of the District Court. He has two full-time associates working under him.

He is an advocate for civil suits. I worked alongside 2 interns.

Application Process

My batch mate referred me to him. On the spot internship. Just go to his chambers at the Alipore District Court and request for internship. You will not be refused.

Duration of internship and timings

I worked there for three weeks.

On weekdays – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm as the court works from 10:30 am – 5 pm.

On Saturdays – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Lunch Breaks – Depends on his court hearings. But mostly between 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

I usually left by 3:30 pm as him being a senior advocate, his court hearings were fixed.

Transportation

Easy route through Autos and the Metro. Cheap conveyance.

Stipend

None.

Accommodation

I live in Calcutta, so I stayed at my home. Otherwise, there are a lot of PGs available near to the various metro stations that will make travelling easier. No problem of food.

The overall experience and work environment

Sachin Sir is very patient at answering all your doubts and giving you notes on the cases. Once, there was a holiday on a weekday, so he asked us to visit the chambers at his house, and he explained us the Indian Contract Act with examples from his own cases.

He has almost 40 years of experience at being an advocate, so he has a lot of knowledge to share.

Both the associates were extremely helpful at answering our doubts.

The main work was to attend the court hearings and observe the proceedings. Most of the hearings happened in bengali, but Sir speaks in English and clears our doubts. Sir is fun to learn from. He handles 4-5 cases a day.

As it was my first internship, the main idea behind this internship was to understand the way a court works. Since the baseline of our legal system starts with District Courts, it really helped me to familiarize myself with the procedures of the court.

At the end of the internship, Sir personally writes your letter of recommendation on the basis of analysis of your behavior and understanding of the legal framework. My LoR defines my professional spirit, which is imperative for all law students.

Best Thing

The work experience cleared my doubts about how the tier system of both civil and criminal suits within the district court works, and where to file a petition first and how the cases are transferred.

And the Civil Court District Judge has an AC chamber, so we used to sit in the AC to observe proceedings after the lunch break. Its extremely hot in Calcutta during June.

Bad Thing

You have to run around a lot, because the District Court is spread out on a large area and there are about 3-4 buildings just for civil judges’ bench.

This entry has been submitted for the LexisNexis-Lawctopus Internship Experience Writing Competition 2015-2016. iPleaders is the learning partner for this competition.

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