Internship @ Sanjay K. Agarwal, Advocate General of Chhattisgarh: The Head Held High Moments

Name. College. Year of Study

Ashish Tiwari, HNLU Raipur, II Year

Name of the organization. City

Mr. Sanjay K. Agarwal, Advocate General of Chhattisgarh, Bilaspur

How big was the office? Team strength?

The Advocate General (AG) being a Chief Litigating Officer has number of people associated with him, working under him to share his huge burden of work.

So, with all whom I met counts to 6 people i.e.,  of his personal team.

Application procedure. Internship contact details

I went through my personal contacts and most of the people go that way only because no one there is particularly assigned to entertain the Internship applications.

Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings

4 weeks, 10 AM to 5 PM (Strictly followed because if one comes late then he might miss the schedule of the day and will be clueless about the whole day work as the team departs for court any time after 10 AM).

Accommodation: how, where, how was it?

Chhattisgarh High Court is located at outer of the Bilaspur city with distance of 10 KM from the city so all those who intern there opt for accommodation in city only so as to enjoy the fringe benefits of internship period.

One can find any range (in price as well as facility) of accommodation in city and for those who are uncomfortable with public transport can find couple of good lodge near to High Court. I would say one should look for city part.

First impression. First day, formalities etc.

Office of the Advocate General (not surprisingly) is huge, impressive, soothing and fully fledged with every possible facility necessary at a time.

On my first day only I got a chance to meet that personality in himself and was briefed about the timings and type of work. I was assigned under his ‘senior most junior’ and was told to get the briefings of the day from him only.

Main tasks

The main task in court hours was to sit and watch the court proceedings. For the most of the time I found this very interesting as watching the doyens of legal profession could lead to gain knowledge of immense importance.

And believe me if one would listen to the court proceedings properly then be sure that the effort of understanding it or deciphering it, although, being very complex won’t go in vain.

I even got to see the briefings of Senior Advocate Parag Tripathi in his visit of CG High Court for appearing in a high profile case on behalf of his client and a lot more of like them.

After court hour I used to visit his office-cum-residence where I did most of the research work and even helped him in some good cases by making summary of landmark cases in various laws.

Work environment, people

The work environment was nice and sometime busy enough. But at a time you may end up having no work apart from watching the court proceedings. You can utilize it by going to Court library and get some good reading stuff.

Best things?

Being a part of advocate general office as an internee, you would feel utmost pride in telling others the same (you know the “Head held High moments”).

You very often get to meet Additional AG’s and other Govt. Advocates which most of the time ends in good notes.

Bad things?

The same i.e., some time “no work and all free makes jack a dull internee”.

What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues

When free I used to involve myself in reading some good magazines available at his office.

Stipend/ month

No Stipend.

Biggest lessons

I would say that going to High Court or Supreme Court as an internee in your initial law school year might not be that much rewarding and fruitful because contracts, constitution, family law etc., are not the food and fodder of the day at High Courts and Supreme Courts.

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