Name, College, Year of Study:
Diya Mal, Symbiosis Law School Hyderabad, 1st Year (2nd Sem)
Name of the organization, address:
Mr Tamal Kanti Mukherjee, Chief Public Prosecutor, City Sessions Court Calcutta, Bankshall St, Fairley Place, Dalhousie, Kolkata, West Bengal 700001
I got this internship through a junior of his that I knew. However, an interested student can simply mail him the CV.
Duration of internship and timings:
4 weeks. The timings of his office were pretty relaxed. Generally, I reported at around 11 o’clock in the morning and got off at around 4:30 pm.
First impression and first day formalities:
There were no formalities as such. My co-interns and I interacted with sir on the first day and his juniors gave us a basic understanding of the court hierarchy and how the proceedings take place.
Our most important job was to attend the court proceedings. Since sir and his juniors were very interactive, they often quizzed us about our understanding of the cases and the proceedings.
The Hon’ble Chief Judge of the City Sessions Court would also quiz us about important sections at times in between proceedings.
Since the lawyers were on strike the first two weeks of my internship, we got to interact a lot with Sir since he was not that busy as well as read a hefty number of case briefs.
The lawyers in Sir’s office also taught us a lot about the procedural laws and the court’s jurisdiction.
We drafted a number of petitions in various cases. Finding case laws was a major activity. Also, we were split into groups and tasked with preparing arguments for a certain case which were then reviewed by the juniors in Sir’s office.
However, some of the most interesting proceedings we witnessed were the POCSO court proceedings.
Work environment and people:
The environment was pretty relaxed. The people in his office were fun to work with.
The best thing was learning from such an inspirational figure such as Mr. Tamal Kanti not just in terms of law but also, how to stay ahead in an extremely competitive environment.
Nothing as such.
I stayed in my own house since I am from Kolkata. However, it is an easy place to communicate too since the neighbourhood is located in the heart of the city.
Any other thing:
Always carry a criminal manual with you especially during court proceedings.