Internship Experience @ Madhya Pradesh Arbitration Tribunal, Bhopal: Learned About the Court Etiquettes

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The Madhya Pradesh Arbitration Tribunal, Bhopal. It is located in the Vidhyachal Bhawan Building. The office is big, well furnished & air-conditioned and has two court rooms, a library and office cubicles. The library is equipped with good books on a variety of areas of law and is regularly updated.

During the internship, I made extensive use of the library and spent a substantial part of my internship conducting research in the library on various ongoing topics of arbitration law field.

Application Process

The application procedure is swift and efficient. I applied for internship directly to the Registrar of Madhya Pradesh Arbitration Tribunal by sending my C.V. and attesting the Recommendation Letter from college. Applications are to be made via post, addressed to:

Registrar, Madhya Pradesh Adhikaran, Vidhyachal Bhavan, Bhu Tal, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Mentioning your name, institution as well as duration/dates of the internship.

The Tribunal is very prompt in their response to applications for internship and hence you may expect a reply within a week.

Ensure the dates and duration of your internship are clearly mentioned. Internship applications should be sent at least two month in advance.

Internship Contact Details

Registrar : Mr. Parihar

Address : Madhya Pradesh Adhikaran, Vidhyachal Bhavan, Bhu Tal, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

He has been very helpful and warm helping out whenever needed and generally making sure that you don’t feel lost if you’re new.

Duration of internship and timings

4 weeks minimum. However, one may intern in excess of 4 weeks if you wish to. My internship lasted from 17 April to 17 May, 2014.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

On to the first day at work, I was mesmerized not only by the attractive, but also by the self-effacing nature of the people working within the tribunal. A copy of The Madhya Pradesh Arbitration Tribunal Act was handed over to me and I was familiarized with the working of the Tribunal.

Along with the very same, I was taught to prepare a reference petition and method of scrutinizing documents and affidavits. I even had a little tour of the office where we were shown the court rooms, the library and the cafeteria. I began to feel more at home, mainly because everyone was quite friendly and there was no shortage of good work to be done.

Main tasks

I worked under the immediate supervision of Mr. Nayak (who is the Chairman of the tribunal) and Mr. Shrivastav (who is the Vice-Chairman of the tribunal).

The entire internship programme at the Tribunal was divided into two stages that was spread over a span of four weeks.

The first stage of my internship was to scrutinize the affidavit and documents of the reference petition received in office of the Tribunal and place it before the Chairman after the removal of mistakes. The petitions were in English, mostly. To make me understand as to what type of matter can be accepted by the tribunal, I was given previously decided cases as samples.

The second stage of my internship was to observe the court proceedings. In the Court, I learned about the court etiquettes and certain other proceedings.

In the court, we were required to make notes of the court proceedings and observe the arguments being made. Also, short notes of the cases from files were required to be made. Attendance is taken everyday and interns are supposed to maintain a record of what work was done during the day.

At the conclusion of the internship, you are required to submit an internship report. This report need not be long, but should give details about the work done during the internship. The extent to which you have learned by experience and observations of the real and practical application of the law and the quality of your work is reflected in the report.

At first, I was not sure that an internship in the Arbitration Tribunal under the Chairman would be productive but it was such a great experience to work in a healthy office environment with an experienced legal and administrative team.

At no point of time I was made to feel that I was a second year intern who did not possess knowledge of arbitration law or court proceedings or anything for that matter.

Work environment and people

The work environment is energetic, positive and encouraging. The entire staff (Mr.Nayak, Mr. Srivastav, Mr. Sharma and Mr. Bhatia) is very helpful and warm. They all are very encouraging, positive and wonderful to talk to.

During breaks, I would interact with my co-interns who were from different law colleges and were all very positive and warm people. People present there will help you go through files of the tribunal and understand how reference petitions are prepared.

Best things

1. Getting an opportunity to work under such great people. Their politeness, simplicity and dedication inspire you to achieve great heights in life.

2. The Chairman, Mr. Nayak has been kind enough to teach us the basics of Civil Procedure Code and the Constitution of India. He was extremely down to earth and assisted us to understand the nuances of the subject by teaching us on Sundays at his home in a very patient manner. Adding to it, the home-made snacks served at Sir’s home were a delight.

3. Observing the court room proceedings.

4. The advocates take an interest in seeing to it that you as an intern develop holistically

5. The library is equipped with good books on a variety of areas of law and is regularly updated.

6. Working in the office environment which makes the internship an enlightening and joyful experience.

7. They take interns seriously and make it a point to allot work to them. You are treated with respect.
There is nothing that I wanted more within an internship than massive amounts of critical thinking, especially when planning on building a career in this field.

Bad things

No bad things

Stipend

No stipend

Biggest Lessons

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Mr. Nayak, a retired High Court judge of Madhya Pradesh, was an excellent mentor. He would personally interact with the interns on a daily basis and would solve their queries and review their work.

He explained to us that in this profession nobody will teach us anything out of his own knowledge; one has to show his own interest and work hard. His words are still crystal clear in my mind: “Do what you must! Money will come if you keep doing the right thing.”

Any Other Thing

From the very beginning of my Law School days I wanted to intern at a place that not only taught me professionalism but something more and this place sowed the seeds of critical thinking in me.

Moreover, gaining the necessary knowledge about arbitration court proceedings along with attaining outstanding work experience at one of the major arbitration tribunals in the country, surely contributed in making this internship a once in a lifetime experience.

In summary, my stint as an intern at the Tribunal turned out to be a crucial opportunity to engage with the ongoing issues of arbitration. The internship was not simply a work experience but a significant educational experience.

Internship Certificate

The certificate is printed and sealed and contains all the work one does there. It is given on the last day of your internship and is signed and stamped by the Registrar, signifying that the internship has successfully completed. Rest assured, you don’t have to go begging anyone for an internship certificate.

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