Internship Experience @ Hon’ble Justice Gita Mittal, Delhi High Court: Learned the basics of how a court room actually works

Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Siddharth Bansal

Delhi Institute of Rural Development Affiliated to G.G.S.I.P University,

Final Year, [email protected]

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Judicial Internship under Hon’ble Justice Ms. Gita Mittal (Delhi High Court), New Delhi. 1 Private Secretary and lots of court Staff.

Application Process

Through Personal Contacts.

Duration of internship and timings

4 weeks, 4th April, 2016 – 30th April, 2016.

10 A.M to 5.30 – 6 P.M.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I reported to the Mam’s Private Secretary Office (Delhi High Court). Were introduced to the Law Researchers and Court Staff.

I straight away directed to attend court proceedings in court room. And, the first impression-well nothing can beat the thrill of watching a High Court proceeding for the first time. No formalities whatsoever.

Delhi High Court infrastructure cannot be questioned, although the P.A’s cabin where we used to work isn’t particularly very large, although there is enough space to accommodate the Legal Researchers and Interns.

Main tasks

We had to attend all the proceedings starting at 10 A.M to 4 P.M. Although, if work came we had to shift to the P.A’s chamber and work on the files.

Followed by clerical tasks which included making summary of the current cases which included Writ Petitions and Brief making for the Family matters.

Work environment and people

Mr. Kapil Sharma (PA to HMJ Gita Mittal) is one of the coolest and funniest mentors one can ever have.

He guided us during our initial stages of work. One can easily adapt into the environment within a few days. The team I was on was very hard working and got the job done within the stipulated time.

As those matters we worked on were to be heard the very next day.

Best things

Quality work.

Very friendly environment.

Amazing Delhi High Court Lawyer’s canteen.

Bad things

I didn’t find any bad thing in this internship.

Stipend

None

Biggest Lessons

People generally tend to not take internships very seriously. But opportunities like this do not come very often. I wouldn’t have learned the basics of how a court room actually works, if not for this internship.

It was a good learning experience.

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  1. E S Jagadeeshwar says:

    Dear Siddharth, As mentioned above you are a Final Year Student. I think as on today you have not yet completed your LL.B. Your email id is : [email protected].

    As per the Indian Advocates Act, 1961. Once a Law Student completed his/her 3/5 years Law Course, he/she must enroll in the State Bar Council as a Member and must take oath to practice as an Advocate. Said State Bar Council will issue Certificate of Practice. Then the said Advocate may join as a Member of High Court Bar Association or in any Bar Association. This membership is necessary to any practicing Advocate. State Bar Council will issue enrollment number and once you joined as the member of local Bar Association they will record all the details and will allow you to join as member.

    Law Student is not a full pledged Advocate. This all Law Interns and Law students have to remember.

    Without completing your Law Course and not taking oath as an Advocate you should not use the word as Advocate Siddharth Bansal. By using such word it will send wrong signal. It may create some embarassing moments in your life. You can use the said email id once you enrolled as an Advocate in your State Bar Council. I don’t know why none guided you. By taking such precautions you will grow in appropriate way. Once again think about it. For example if anyone sends an offer to work with them, if you are not an Advocate officially, it will create wrong impression in the minds of others. You may lose golden opportunities in your life. You should be careful about your future also.

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