1st January, 2014 to 31st January, 2014.
10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The internship experience would begin at the Punjab and Haryana High Court at Chandigarh.
The first day brought across hurdles as it required us to familiarize ourselves with the procedure and terminology used in the courts.
However, with the due passage of time a lot came across which helped us to overcome these non essential problems and learn to do research work primarily in the field of criminal law.
To observe the pleadings made and also carry out research work in criminal law with the maximum work to be focused on the IPC, NDPS Act, Arms Act. So, huge commentaries (Ratan Lal & Dhiraj Lal) came to our rescue along with Manupatra, something we’ve learnt to use at law school.
We, as interns were supposed to learn the finer nuances of law, which did include how to get an FIR quashed or maybe to learn how to get bail for a client, or even getting a death sentence which has been awarded from a lower court reversed, or even getting a guilty man who has been acquitted to be sent to the gallows.
Work environment and people
The work environment typically involved interaction with our lawyer, the associates and the clients, generally criminal people of course! (Mr. Cheema primarily handles criminal appellate work and is a designated senior lawyer and has defended some really high profile people in criminal cases)
Mr. Cheema is one of the most humble people I have ever come across irrespective of his high stature in the Punjab and Haryana court as well as the Supreme Court. Being himself the son of a lawyer Mr. Cheema is very well versed with all finer nuances of criminal law.
We were attached with Mr. Karambir Singh Nalwa, a junior associate of Mr. Cheema, who was as good as his word. Another humble and talented lawyer I have ever come across who helped us to develop an understanding of the branch of law he specialised in, i.e., criminal law.
Truck Loads of Knowledge and Worthy Experience
Being a lawyer is a task to be handled with delicacy. It is a matter of self esteem and pride when a litigant comes with gleaming eyes to a lawyer’s chamber hoping for justice to be given to him.
The amount of trust imposed by a litigant on a lawyer has to be maintained by the pleader by putting all effort he can so as to get the best possible relief for his client.
Huge fees should never be a consideration or a priority for a lawyer as he is a legal hawk who needs to dart his eyes at the slightest hint of injustice.
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