Full name of the organisation, City and State
Advocate Rajnish Goyal, District Court, Moga, Punjab
About the Organisation
The advocate under whom I interned has been practising for the past 21 years in the District Court, Moga. He a specialist of civil suits but takes criminal matters as well. He has also taken up many cases of Chandigarh and Haryana High Court.
Student Name, College
Samridhi Goyal, Army Institute of Law, Mohali, 2nd Year
01st July 2019 30th July 2019
I went to the advocate and requested him to accept me as his intern. He also asked me about my past experiences.
First Day Formalities Initial Impressions
Steven Keeva wrote: Law is one of the greatest healing professions. While medicine heals the body and the clergy heals the soul, law heals societal rifts.
This inspiring quote finds its place on one of the walls of my father’s office, who is an advocate. I’ve grown up reading it and from a very early age, I pledged to become a legal professional and serve the society to the best of my abilities, just like my father.
Working towards realization of this dream, I joined Law School in 2018 and during Summer Vacations I interned under my father Mr. Rajnish Goyal Advocate to gain practical experience. Being a second-year law student, I was unaware of the procedural working of the district court and the tips and tricks of the profession. However, a month at the Court gave me a real insight into the intricacies of its working.
In law school, moot courts are all about issues raised, arguments advanced, contentions and prayers, which is exactly how I imagined things to be in real life. However, my perspective of things changed completely when I interned at the District Court. The reality was far away from the theoretical knowledge of books. I saw clients crying in front of my father for with their grievance and learned that for someone who’s struggling to attain the ends of justice, life in court is harsh.
In the one month of my internship, I roamed around Moga District Court behind my father, carrying all his files learning all the clerical work from his clerks. My mother used to make fun of me and called me my father’s personal munshi (clerk) who was getting dihadi (small amount of money).
I saw various cross-examinations and also observed how lawyers were vigorously presenting their arguments in front of the judge. I even learned filling up various forms of clients, how to file and read an FIR, and how to exhibit, among other things.
Once there was this case for which my father’s client had to be cross-examined by the opposing counsel. The case on my father’s side was so strong that the opposing counsel kept delaying the cross from morning to afternoon until 4 in the evening.
He didn’t take the cross that day and then, later on, told the judge to tell the clients of opposite counsel not to be late and to come early. The judge rebuked him and told him that my father’s clients were on time and it was he who was procrastinated and delayed things. It was the first time I witnessed a lawyer lying in court, and that too, so blatantly.
As an intern, I was allowed by the Judge once to cross-examine a witness which really helped me understand the intricacies of a cross-examination. Of the many other good things that happened, one was that I also managed to earn a thousand rupees as the opposing counsel had to pay the cost for not taking the cross. I enjoyed my treat well. This is one of the many interesting and unforgettable experiences that I gained during my stay at the District Court.
To sum up, the experience at District Court left an indelible imprint on my mind as to what it means to be a practicing lawyer and what it means to be truly invested in others, to be an advocate. Now, I feel much more confident after honing my lawyering skills although a long journey lies ahead.
Some of the bad things that I observed were regarding the functioning of the District Court. For example, one day an advocate did not appear before the Judge even after being summoned as he was not prepared that day.
On another instance, when the proceedings of the court were going on, the counsel on behalf of the defendants was playing games on his mobile phone while the counsel on behalf of the plaintiff was presenting his arguments.
I believe that strict provisions should be brought in to force to regulate the behaviour and activities of lawyers and advocates in the court premises.
I managed to earn Rs. 200-300 per day as an intern.
Accommodation and Commuting
I used to go to and fro the court with my father everyday.
I had a really nice time getting to know all the past experiences of my father through his advocate friends who would regularly join us every Friday for lunch. During our conversations, an inspiring incident happened one day.
One of my father’s colleagues said to me that, “Your grandfather and father have seen the life at this side of the court (as lawyers), now we want you to go to the other side of the Bench (as a Judge).”