Student Name, College and Year of Study
Nischitha J Sharma, BMS College of Law, 3rd Year, Bangalore, Karnataka
Name of the Judge, City and State
Justice Abdul-Nazeer, Supreme Court of India, Delhi.
01st August 2018 to 31st August 2018
There is no such process, but, one has to get Recommendation either from a High Court Judge or can apply through Registrar of the Supreme Court.
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How I Applied: Applied through Registrar, Supreme Court of India, Delhi
I personally went to Delhi on July the 13th 2018, and the registrar (at entry gates of the Supreme Court) asked me to mention the name of the Honourable Judge whom I wish to Inter under so that the application reaches to the respective chamber. I mention his lordship’s name on my application.
Luckily to my surprise, I receive a call on 13th July evening from his lordship chamber and asked me to start from August 1st onwards. The Personal secretary Sheetal Dingra sir, asked me to send another copy of a signed resume/CV to his mail-id.
First Day Formalities Initial Impressions
Started off at his residential office around 9 am, and the personal secretary of his, Mr.Sheetal Dingra introduced me to his office collogues and assigned me with the elementary work. The approval letter was sent by the chamber so as to, directing the security personnel to provide entry pass and grant access to all the courtrooms.
Co-interns, we introduced each other. We were six of us, from various different colleges across the country. All the initial formalities were done and were ready to hustle.
Work schedule: All seven days of the week (if at all we have less files then, consider Sunday off). Morning 9:00 – 10:00 am at his residential office and reach the court by 10:15 am – 5 pm
A day-to-day court hearing was mostly comprising on those matters like:
- SLP’s (Special Leave Petition)
- Transfer petition
- Writ petition
- Land reform cases
- CBI case
- Sabarimala case
While charring out Judicial Internship, it was my prerogative and it gave exposure to witness proceeding of a well-known advocate Sir, Fali Nariman, Ram Jethmalani, Gopal Subramaniam, P.Chidambaram, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Meenakshi Arora, K.T.S. Tulsi, Sidharth Luthra, Prashanth Bhushan at closest proximity towards the bench.
The dialogue between the advocate’s skill set and a bench’s intellect, enabled me to understand, as to how important it is, to maintain decorum in a courtroom. After court, we managed to reach his lordship’s residential office and began to work on the following day’s case files.
Our main task was to prepare briefs (not exceeding 5-6 lines per case file) to his lordship for the following day cases. At times research about cases and judgements.
Everything I would say, the workplace, staff and my co-interns, and we were allowed to interact with his lordship at the end of the workday considering his availability and free time. food was provided to me by his cook every day throughout my internship. It was my honour to work under such an Intellectual with higher values and ethics in life.
Communicating in Hindi, was difficult. As I didn’t know to speak their language.
I refused and asked for another opportunity to work under his Lordship.
I was staying in a pg called co-living at Lajpat Nagar, I had access every means of transport but I choose and opted for uber to commute. I wasn’t sure about travelling in metro considering the safety, even though it was very close by.
I am certainly glad that I happened to intern under him, reason being, he personally arranged a tour for us to visit supreme court’s chief justice office, library, museum, the entire supreme court basically parliament visit, rastra Pati Bhavan visit, and to his residence followed by lunch at the end of my internship.