Internship Experience @ Justice Sanjib Banerjee, HC, Kolkata: Attend Court Proceedings, Research Work

Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Ayusmta Sinha, ILS Law College, 4th Year, [email protected]

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Judicial Clerkship, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sanjib Banerjee, High Court of Kolkata

Application Process

Formal application to the registrar of the Kolkata High Court.

It has to be well in advance, at least 4 to 5 months prior to your preferred date of joining.

You have to go in person and submit the same at his office which is located in the High Court itself.

Duration of internship and timings

3 weeks, June 2014.

Monday to Friday 10 am to 7 pm.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

Sir’s chamber was located on the top most floor of the High court.

The winding staircases and tomb like structure had such a magnificent and colonial feel to it.

However, as I entered Sir’s uncluttered chamber, it was in stark contrast to the outside.

Minimum furniture but well equipped with computers, printers and cupboards to store his judgments.

Interns were to sit with him in his chamber itself.

The first day we had to write a letter to the deputy registrar and met him in person.

He is the one who’s assent is mandatory.

After he has given his approval, you’re good to go.

Main tasks

Attending and following court proceedings was compulsory every day of the week.

Sir would come back from court and discuss the important cases as well as ask me what I followed.

The main task that was assigned to me was researching on points of law as well as case law research.

He often gave me his old judgments and asked me to prepare a critical analysis on it.

Work environment and people

Since I was his only intern, I didn’t get a chance to work with other people.

Hon’ble Justice Pinaki Ghosh’s chamber was right next to ours, so I did have the opportunity of interacting with him.

All of Sir’s court clerk’s and typists were very helpful and nice.

Best things

While listening to the councils argue, Sir would sit with his bare act and go into minute details of how the act has been drafted.

There can be no better way to understand the law.

I started carrying my bare act with me and haven’t taken down notes more efficiently than that.

You can go up to him with any question and you will be surprised to see how much he knows on every single topics.

If you’re lucky he will also narrate some fun facts or trivia about how that particular law developed or something about its functioning.

Bad things

The passageways and the rest rooms of the court are not cleaned frequently.

Stipend

NA

Biggest Lessons

There was something I learnt at every step.

Just listening to him deliver a judgment, the legal phraseology he used while drafting, his way of interpreting a law as well as his righteousness left me awestruck.

I was very impressed with how efficiently and systematically he works.

Even if 20% of the judiciary were to function as steadfastly as him, we would not be complaining about its slackened pace and delay in delivering justice.

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