About Counsel to Secure Justice
Counsel to Secure Justice (CSJ) is a non-profit organization in New Delhi, India that gives free legal and psychosocial support to survivors of sexual violence during criminal proceedings and advocates for effective and compassionate justice systems.
CSJ supports clients throughout criminal proceedings, ideally from when they report abuse to police till judgment. We work on the ground—at the police station, hospitals and courts—advising government authorities on the law, supporting clients, and monitoring progress of cases.
CSJ identifies systemic issues during casework, then conducts evidence-based research to support system change initiatives.
CSJ is registered as a non-profit organization under Section 25 (now Section 8) of the Companies Act, 1956. Also, CSJ has obtained Section 12A and Section 80G registrations under the Income Tax Act.
CSJ is seeking a legal intern for its legal and research program.
A. Prospective Projects
1. Research on delayed justice in POCSO cases. The Legal intern will conduct comprehensive legal research on the issue chosen for the research study. Students would research statutory and case law on adjournments and trial delays in order to define the legal framework for the issue.
2. Research on child rape judgments in trial courts, 2011-2016. Clinic students would catalogue information after reading judgments on child rape from the Delhi district court website for 2011-2016 cases.
3. Weekly updates on new case law relevant to child sexual abuse cases. Clinic students would identify relevant case laws related to cases of violence on women and children from law journals and summarize them.
4. Attend Court Hearings and Inspect Legal Files
The intern would conduct the following activities for the Projects.
Research Delhi District Court Website. The study analyses all the rape cases from 2011-2016 from the Delhi District Court website. Clinic students would be required to read the judgments from the website and then catalogue the required information regarding the judge, district court, case name, session case number, FIR number, date number to name a few to an excel spreadsheet. Students would back check the data for accuracy for the information collected from 2011-2015.
Monthly updates on relevant case laws to sexual abuse cases. Each month review new case laws in relevant law journals, identify cases laws relevant to handling cases of violence of women and children.
Students should identify and read cases where judgments are related to constitutional issues, the Code of Criminal Procedure, Indian Penal Code, Evidence Act, and Statutory Acts, such as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, Prevention of Domestic Violence Act and other laws/acts related to injustices committed against women and children.
Review journals like Criminal Law Journal, Supreme Court Cases Reporter, All India Reporter (Supreme Court and Delhi HC) and Delhi High Court law journals. Draft summaries of the case laws each month and email to the CSJ Manager.
o Attending non critical hearings
o File inspections
o Applying for certified copies
o Applying for copies of documents
o Assisting in preparing case updates
o Case law research for arguments, if need be
Application to be sent to [email protected]
23rd December, 2016