Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Palak Goel, Institute of law, Kurukshetra University, 3rd year
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
Chambers of Advocate Garuav Jagga, Panipat, 6 to 7 interns
Application Process with contact details
I interned under Advocate Gaurav Jagga, who is a very well-renowned Criminal lawyer in the District Court of Panipat.
I had to email him my Curriculum Vitae along with a statement of purpose. I got a response from him within a week confirming the dates of the internship.
After interning with him for a period of 15 days, he recommended me to a civil lawyer, under whom I pursued the criminal part of my internship.
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Duration of internship and timings
My internship was divided into two parts. The first part of it was under a Criminal Advocate from 1st – 15th July, 2015 and the second part was under a Civil Advocate from 16th March – 31st July, 2015.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
Panipat is a small city in Haryana, but the number of Criminal as well as Civil cases registered has increased considerably. Frankly, my first impression was of horror. The District Court of Panipat is in utter chaos.
The building is old and the streets go through some parts of the Court making it seem nothing less than a fish market. It was a little hard at first, but then I got used to it and started learning a lot more than I had expected.
In the first part of the internship, I specifically dealt with cases of a civil nature. I was exposed to the working of the District Court in Panipat, Haryana and the procedures involved in carrying out the day to day proceedings in the court.
In my first part i dealt with the criminal aspect of law. I was exposed to various sections in the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code. Not only did I study these sections in theory, I also learnt about their practical application in the Court.
I studies cases related to dowry death, applicability of various sections of the Indian Penal code, 1860. I was also exposed to the specific Haryana Police Regulation Act.
I gained practical knowledge about the fundamentals of the First Information Report, the Statement of the Witnesses, the documents annexed to the FIR, the Post Mortem, Inquest, Bail Application, Criminal Revision etc.
I attended the court proceedings during the internship and gained knowledge about the intricacies involved in a Trial before the Court of Sessions.
In the second part of the internship I studied various sections and rules under the Civil Procedure Code, 1908. I was also exposed to the State Amendments of Haryana.
The civil cases I was mostly exposed to were dealing with Property Law including rent, lease, partition suits, the role of Rent Control and Eviction Officer.
I learnt about the intricacies involved in drafting an amendment application, the law of limitation, affidavit, ‘kurra’.
Work environment and people
There are 2 juniors working under him. During daytime, we were busy in district court proceedings. Being one of the leading lawyers in Panipat, Sir was packed with cases all day and we used to go from court room to court room,
So the District Court of Panipat is not a very ‘suitable’ place for internship unless you are lucky enough to work under a renowned and respected lawyer. I was lucky that way and I got to learn a lot about the procedures of the District Court.
It is important to intern at the bottom level to gain knowledge about the basics involved in the working of the judiciary. Once your basics are strong, it becomes easier to understand the higher levels of judiciary and the administration.
The people I was working with were extremely friendly since they helped me a lot to understand how the Court works and where to go and what to do, particularly because I was so lost during the first two days.
The reason being there is a huge difference between the two places in terms of culture and the way people deal with things. Also, because in India there is a vast difference between the working environment of a District Court and a High Court.
Learnt a lot of things and most importantly court procedures in district court, how the case is formed from the basic. You can learn how to draft the initial plaint. What arguments to include and what not which is very important.
The best part about the internship was that I got to learn a lot more about the nitty-gritties of the judiciary, especially, the way the advocates deal with cases and the response of different judges in terms of different situations arising in the Court.
This internship definitely helped me to study the different aspects law at the root level and the practicality of such aspects in the Court of law.
The worst part was that all the documents related to the cases are drafted in Hindi and it was extremely difficult for me to comprehend the difficult words into English and understand the essence of the document.
It is not that I don’t know Hindi, I know it pretty well! The only problem is that we are not used to conversing in proper Hindi and it becomes hard to understand the important terms, as compared to English.
The biggest lesson was that I should have known better and carried a Hindi dictionary with me to the Court, but I guess, there is always an advantage in learning the hard way and knowing how to get around these small issues while interning.
Any Other Thing
The more you work, the more you learn.
I commuted from my house in Panipat itself, which meant that accommodation wasn’t a problem. Most of the people from our batch were Panipat residents, or had relatives in the city. Though there may have been PGs near the area, I apologize for my lack of knowledge about the same.
The timings were the regular Court timings from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., after which I used to go to the office to research further and study cases.