Full Name of the Lawyer, City and State
Advocate Jagdishwar Prasad Singh, Patna Civil Court, Bihar
About Patna Civil Court
Patna Civil Court is located behind Bankipur Post Office Sai Gram, Near Gandhi Maidan, Patna, Bihar-800004. The Civil Court consists of courts of sub-judges, judicial magistrates, child-friendly courts, family courts and one of the district judge.
The office of the District Legal Services Authority is also located in the premises of the civil court. Legal Aid Cells are also there to provide legal guidance and help the needy and poor free of cost. Generally, on every second or fourth Saturdays of a month, Lok Adalats are organised.
Student Name, College and Year of Study
Sudhanshu Sachan, Central University of South Bihar, 1st Year
01st July 2019 to 21st July 2019
I had applied by sending my curriculum vitae through email to Advocate Mr. Jagdishwar Prasad Singh, one of the senior advocates at Patna Civil Court. My application was accepted and I got the confirmation through a phone call.
Note- Every advocate has their ways of asking applications for internship.
First Day Formalities Initial Impressions
I was excited for the internship because this was the place where everything I used to study in books would come to life. As I entered the premises of the civil court for the first time, one advocate came to me asking me if I wanted to make an affidavit or any other legal document. I answered him with a smile moved ahead.
In the chambers of sir, everyone welcomed me warmly and were happy to see me. I introduced myself to everyone and they (about 10 learned advocates) asked questions to me about my college, academics and hobbies. Since it was my first day so sir took me to the courtroom of Sub-Judge 1. He told me to listen to the proceedings and make a note of important legal provisions.
My whole internship experience was quite resourceful and enriching.
I was interning under a specialized civil litigant. I was given the work of reading some provisions of the Civil Procedure Code, 1908. I was given some old case files to read and analyse. Sir, mainly used to take cases related to property. So I had to study various laws related to property such as Transfer of Property Act, 1882 and others.
Sir used to take me the court while he had to argue and this helped me a lot to learn about the etiquettes to be followed in the courtroom.
Every day for an hour or two I would listen to the court proceedings and make a note of important provisions and sections. Every day from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sir used to explain me important provisions and clarify all my doubts.
Then, all the learned advocates discussed the status of their cases and I used to listen to those discussions.
All the learned advocates were always ready to help me. Their experience and knowledge were very helpful to me. I learned how the law works in practice. I was able to get the answer to the basic question as to why the law in theory and practical are two different domains.
The environment of the civil court was filled with negative externalities. The justice delivery system should not scare the common man but should provide him with relief. The internship particularly didn’t have any drawbacks.
My home town is in Patna. So, I didn’t need any accommodation. However, if one needs accommodation there are various hotels nearby which provide good hospitality.
All the learned advocates used to share their funny experiences with their clients or encounters with the fellow advocates at the bar and the workday used to end on a lighter note with a jolly mood and a positive aura.