Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID
Angswarupa Chatterjee, Siksha O Anusandhan National Institution of Law, Fifth year
Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength
Advocate General Odisha, Shri Surya Mishra.
Application Process with contact details
I had caller to fix an appointment after which I approached his chamber along with my CV. otherwise one can contact the Advocate General in these numbers: 2608957, 2608729.
Duration of internship and timings
From 16th to the 21st of May. Then again from 27th to the 16th of June. Since the High Court was scheduled to be closed during the early June for vacation purposes.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
The first day I was allotted my table and the computer which was placed at my disposal. I was introduced to the other interns working there. The office library is massive. All India Reporters dating back to 1952, Supreme Court Cases of each and every year, as well as land revenue case journals and other important commentaries are present. Old landmark case files are also kept on record. The whole Office is at all times filled with interns mostly ranging from 3rd year students and upwards.
I was given the task to draft Contempt applications under Section 12 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 against collectors and other public officials.
I was allowed to attend client meetings and follow ups.
I also had to proof read various documents prior to their filing in the Court. Interns are frequently put questions on certain legal issues on which write ups were required to be submitted within the time specified.
Briefs on validity of gift deeds towards Hindu widows.
Tasks such as listing of citations and digging up relevant provisions were also assigned.
Work environment and people
Work environment is very competitive and energetic. Every day you shall be questioned on the details of your performance and the tasks you have completed that day. I was regularly quizzed on legal topics mostly pertaining to Civil Procedure Code and other procedural laws. It was quite a good learning process while interacting with students from different law schools.
I had to keep all the work I was assigned up to date so that I was able to deliver it as soon as I was asked for them. I was expected to use my idle time for studying purposes. Law journals and commentaries were kept in the reading room for this purpose.
The best thing about my experience here was I got to follow the cases right from the beginning during the client meeting up to the arguments in Court and sometimes even passing of the order. Cases ranged from revenue and civil matters to criminal complaints and contempt and various other misc. cases.
The level of exposure towards litigation was quite extensive. There is no limit to work in the chamber. If you wish to dedicate more time to work and voluntarily take up responsibilities then it was much appreciated.
Since there are many interns interning at the same time so individual attention towards each student is not possible. Further one has to show persistence in order to be given work. Delegation of work is less due to the reason of over staffing.
No stipend is offered for the internship.
I have experienced the essential technicalities which are faced during litigation. The requirement to pay attention to details. I have learnt that perseverance pays off. I have learnt how to back up your arguments with statutory provisions and precedents. There is a vast difference between the statutes we study and real practice. Certain procedural formalities are not taught in law school but a student gets to learn it in active practice.
I have learnt how to deal with clients, how to respond in different situations and to make up for sudden contingencies. Apart from drafting skills, thorough research work is essential for making a good petition. I have learnt that Court Orders have to be studied minutely. Attention has to be paid to Court procedures and formalities because sometimes the Judges maybe quite stringent about rules.
Any Other Thing
Uniform along with blazers is mandatory during Court hours. Informal or casual wear is allowed during office work.
Since the Odisha High Court as well as the Office of the Advocate General is situated in the city of Cuttack, I had to travel to Cuttack from Bhubaneswar every day since I am a resident of Bhubaneswar. Occasionally I stayed over at a friend’s place which is located at Buxi Bazar, Cuttack which was very close to the office.
Office timings were from 9am in the morning to 9pm at night with only an hour in between for lunch purposes. Punctuality is a big issue. Late arrival is not appreciated.