Full Name of the Advocate, City and State
Advocate Vagisha Pragya Vacaknavi, High Court of Judicature, Patna, Bihar
About the Organisation
Patna High Court is an old building with somewhat modern interiors. It’s fully air-conditioned, digitalised and traditionally beautiful. The courtrooms were huge in size, especially the Chief Justice’s Court and the Sessions’ Court. They were all adorned with volumes of case digests. The crowd was average, so it did not feel stuffy at all.
Student Name, College and Year of Study
Nabira Farman, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, 2nd Year of Study
10th June 2019 to 10th July 2019
I had come to know about her through my CLAT mentor, Mr. Swetank Sharma, a former student at Chanakya National Law University. I applied for the intership, mailing her my CV and Statement of Purpose, upon which I was selected.
First Day Formalities Initial Impressions
Before starting the internship at Patna HC, ma’am had personally called me to meet her at her place where I was cordially welcomed. Then I started going along with her to the High Court on a daily basis. I had to get myself a visitor’s pass to get entry into the courtrooms.
I gave an application for a monthly pass and received it within 2-3 days, after which it became very feasible to visit the court. I had to read the files of the concerned case which was going to be heard. I realised ma’am had a number of matters listed in a single day, so, there was kinda juggling between courts to observe her plead in different cases.
Work was mostly related to research on various provisions of several laws as per the requirement of a case. Reading multiple files related to several matters both civil and criminal came together with the court visits. I did research for judgments/articles/case laws relating to Arbitration laws, Negotiable Instruments Act, Indian Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, etc.
Finding opposite case laws was one of the major tasks. I was asked to prepare briefs of cases supporting them with relevant case laws and judgments. Along with the visiting of the Patna High Court, I was also occasionally taken to the Patna Civil Court, Bihar Land Tribunal, State Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum and Bihar State Teachers Appellate Tribunal to observe the proceedings.
Being a first-year student at that time, I was a complete novice and did know the court craft. So, the good things about interning under Miss Vagisha was learning the court room ethics and demeanour.
She would tell all three of us that even if the judge does not see, you must always bow down in respect whenever you enter of exit the courtroom.
Apparently, there was nothing bad about the internship, except for the fact that I could not spend much time in her office since the whole day was spent in court.
No stipend was given.
I had my home in Patna itself, so, Accommodation was not at all an issue. I had my two-wheeler to ride myself to ma’am’s place, therefrom I joined her in her car to the HC.
I, along with my co-interns used to have our lunch together and have tea/lassi at the cafeteria. On Fridays, ma’am used to give us a treat after the court got adjourned for the next week.
Many important lessons were learnt throughout the internship, not only related to litigation but also lessons for life which ma’am would occasionally talk about.
She would often tell us that no matter how high you fly in your career, you must never leave the ground you belong to and keep yourself humble and attached to your values. Learn to be able to earn for yourself and be independent.