I worked under a district court lawyer ( Durg city, State of Chhattisgarh). His name is Bharat Das Vaishnav.
How big was the office? Team strength?
He was a senior advocate with his 5 member team, having an experience of 20 years in the legal profession.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
I got his number from my uncle who is an industrialist. My uncle is his client.
Bharat Das Vaishnav
Senior Durg District Court Advocate
Infront of UCO Bank, Near Gayatri Medical Stores
Sirsa Road, Kohka
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
I worked under him for nearly 3.5 weeks. Since it was my semester break, I was so keen to visit and see the working of the lower Indian judiciary. I worked for 25 days in all.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I am a localite. However, the district court of Durg is near to the railway station and to bus stop also.
Places to stay over are also available at cheap cost. And believe me this populate city is as clean a city as you’ll find. Also the Steel Plant run by SAIL known as Bhilai Steel Plant has spurred development in the field of education.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
Yes, I was bit nervous to meet him as it was my first time experience. I had seen many advocates before but facing one in his office was really interesting.
He was very punctual was not tolerant to those who couldn’t respect time.
He asked me if I have a vehicel. I did. So he gave me 5-6 cases documents and asked me to get them xeroxed that too with a different number of sets. The mistake I made was that I didn’t take a pen with me and had to keep all statistics in mind and get it Xeroxed.
Happily I did it what he expected. He told me about where the court is and also the way to get there, and asked me to meet him at 11:00 in the court itself.
He made me meet his team mates who used to assist him in the court room. A junior assisted me and told me where to buy the court tickets and about Vakalat Nama (An application form filled by the plaintiff and giving permission to his advocate to represent his problems and get the remedy before the court of law).
Yes, it was new to me to know that the court works with a fixed income courtesy of the fees made by the accused and the respondent.
His juniors were of helping nature and always used to clear my doubts. The senior also used to take me to court room and interact with many of judges.
The thing attracted me the most was his attitude. His 5 feet 6 inch height was enough to shake the opponent arguments.
As soon as he reached his room, his junior used to give him his tobacco packet which was his daily routine. He was part cunning and part loving/ sincere.
He gave me an idea how advocacy should be and how royal a profession it is.
He used to say you should charge as much fee you feel like but never do injustice to that person by ignoring him after your pocket is full. He believed in leaving an impression and making an expression. His polite nature, behavior and knowledge was inspiring.
I was showed the library of the court and I also learned the technique to handle the clients.
His 5 feet 6 inch height was enough to shake the opponent arguments.
Caveat: people should take their drinking water with them as I find it difficult to find clean water in the court campus.
In the free time and even if senior and his assistant had gone to attend the case, I with other juniors used to discuss various sections of some Acts.
I was to make sets of today’s cases and to separate them and to get the papers photo-copied which are essential. I was als made to do research work and find the citation of the cases which are relevant to the cases going on at that time.
He gave me idea that you should keep the 3 sets of Xerox of case file including the original.
He even asked me to translate the drafted case in English which was drafted in Hindi so that it could be presented before the High Court. He acted like a partner to me and motivated me to work.
Working in the sub-ordinate court was like new and great experience and the level of corruption was unbelievable! To do any task you needed to bribe the servants, popularly known as babus.
Also one of the interesting part of the internship was family court where my senior took me along with him and I interestingly listened into the parties’ open arguments.
Also the conflict between the petitioner and the respondent advocate was a small kind of fun. As the arguments went on, I also learned the concept of defamation, its section and its implication.
I even noticed how a case begins and the proceedings which are involved. I was even made to write a notice to other party in Hindi and asked to post it by registered post (the acknowledgement which we get after other party receives it is the part of evidence). It was checked by my senior before drafting.
I was even taken along with him to various clients’ office where I learned the way to talk, the way to sit, behave and use your knowledge at right time and also learnt about maintaining good relations with the both the parties as the party which is opposite today may ask you for help in some other case.
Work environment, people
People who were his juniors were really supporting.
They used to call me ‘vakil ji‘ !
He made me familiar with the basic functioning of judiciary. I was told me about loop holes and about the money involved in the legal profession.
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