Internship Experience at Advocate Nitin Gandhi, Ahmedabad: Court Visits, Making Case Notes, Criminal Law Research Work

Full name of the Lawyer, City and State

Advocate Nitin Gandhi and Associates, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

About the Advocate

Advocate Nitin Gandhi is an experienced Trial Court lawyer with an experience of 12 years. He deals with cases that are related to claims along with dealing with criminal cases.

Student Name, College and Year of Study

Shreyansh Bhansali, Institute of Law, 3rd Year, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Duration

01st June 2019 to 31st July 2019

Application Process

Submit the CV on email and then a telephonic interview.

First Day Formalities Initial Impressions

Introduction and Office tour, way too many files, heavy workload.

Main Tasks

The internship completed in the month of June 2019 and July 2019 in the District and Sessions Court of Ahmedabad was a very enriching experience. The internship helped in gaining insights about how the Judicial system works, the procedure from ground zero to the dismissal of the case.

In the first week of the internship, I got acquainted with the courtrooms, the chief court, simple etiquettes to be taken care in the courtroom, how to read a case and search for other cases like that and reading the charge sheet and FIR. I was also told to remember the name of some judges in which the cases were heard often.

I was also told to observe the mannerism that the advocates have to follow when they are in court and while they are arguing the voice modulation and body language. I was also taught how to read the BOARD (Sheet of paper on which the cases to be heard on that day in that particular court were published, which changed every day).

With such a new campus around us one of the juniors also took us to every floor of the eight flory building so that we know which court is where and where we are supposed to be, while the courtrooms were of different sizes few things were common, a big brown desk and then an elevated floor for the Magistrate or the Judge to seat below that the advocates table followed by chairs for the public to sit and observe on the side it had a witness box and steno table and at the back cupboards full of old dusty files followed by accused bench. This is how a basic courtroom in Mirzapur court looks like.

In the second week of the internship, I learned about the various administrative departments that are essential to the effective working of a court and the judicial system. Some departments are as follows:

• The Public Prosecutors Office.
• The Certification Room.
• The Chamber.
• E-Library.
• Filling Section.

The certification room was one of the most important as the documents submitted in court and even the order were given from there on request by the advocate. I also learned the importance of court stamp and where and how to put the stamps on the application to be submitted in the court. Different types of applications like exemption application, adjournment application, bail application, transfer of case application, request application and more. We also went to different courts and learned the procedure there. Courts of POCSO, chamber court, bail court, chief court and more.

The public prosecutors’ office was another delight to observe, also using MYcourts application to see the dates and till now the progress of a particular case. The most important thing which I learned was how to go through a case file, which document to read first and which to skip and then joining the dots with the FIR and Chargesheet.

We also went to Gandhinagar Court in the matter of Apollo Hospital Rape case and saw the working of that court, process and procedure and also saw the Jail in the court where the accused are kept in waiting for their case to come on the board. One particular thing which I observed was every accused brought before the court must remove the handcuff before entering and police officers remove the cap when entered the court.

In week three we were well experienced with the working of courts and its processes. Week three was mainly focused on researching previous precedents which would help build u our case and it will strengthen our stand on the case. We were given access to three different software to research on.

The most important part we learned was from finding tat case to relate it with the case going on, and how to read the precedent and to join the dots and mainly how to select the right case laws in support. We also saw the CCTV footage of the cases and learned how to read in between the FIR and how to make the case and cross verify the dates in the complaint filed by the Plaintiff.

We went on the cases with Sir and also to see other senior lawyers witness the proceedings, we witnessed how the statements are taken and how the questions are asked, we also saw a cross-examination, this was really fun to observe how many questions were asked only to lead to a particular question and how it can be used to nullify a statement that was previously said or said in the written statement.

In week fourth the final week, it was almost the same as week two and week three, sir even allowed us to go to the court and give the application for adjournment and to get an order from the court. We helped sir in finding some judgments which were backing our case, towards the end of the internship sir gave us some life lessons which will always stay with me.

I was interning under a Criminal Lawyer so dealt with the Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code, Indian Evidence Act, POCSO Act, Prohibition Act, Court Fee Act, Negotiable Instrument Act.

Good Things

The entire experience of working in a district court was exceptionally advancing. Taking in the dark letter law is a certain something yet having a hands-on encounter with respect to the genuine continuing that happens in the court is something entirely unexpected. This entry-level position has been an awesome wellspring of learning in the matter of how the courts truly do work.

It was extremely overpowering first and foremost as the information of laws and strategy was exceptionally constrained however later as the time passed I began getting a hang of it and the work began to appear to be intriguing. I had this thought advocate have this simple life however working under one influenced me to acknowledge how wrong I was. Life of a lawyer is extremely intense and this is something that not every person can do.

This entry-level position has been an incredible learning source and the things that I learnt here will be everlastingly recalled and will end up being helpful for quite a while.

Bad Things

Nothing Bad

Stipend

No stipend

Accommodation Commute

Activa

Other Info

I learnt an extensive measure of things in the midst of my residency as an understudy. I learnt the peculiarity that is to be followed in court and the most ideal way by which you address the court. I moreover learnt about the workplaces working in a court.

I learnt what are the procedural parts of a case and how that is associated in the step by step working of the court. I moreover learnt how the declarations are recorded in a court and besides how the request is asked. An overall observation of etiquettes taught us the way to behave and go around inside and outside of the courtroom.

The courtrooms procedure in line with CrPc was particular which we observed and learned, all the theory from the classroom when practically applied and saw in the court being used made our foundations strong.

Writing an application and submitting to the judge or for taking an order from the file room, we were taught how to write those application and the process of to submit it before the court, after that we were given often to write bail application and exemption application of the accused.

We witnessed in-camera proceedings for the first time, how in-camera proceedings happen, the procedure about it because we were related to the case we were allowed to sit inside the court. We learned main differences about magistrate, metropolitan and session’s court, seeing and observing things practically.

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