INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE @ CHAMBERS OF HONOURABLE JUSTICE VIVEK
SINGH THAKUR, HIGH COURT OF HIMACHAL PRADESH: OBSERVE DAY TO
DAY COURT PROCEEDING AND RESEARCH WORK
Name of the Judge, City and State
Honourable Justice Vivek Singh Thakur, High Court of Himachal Pradesh, Shima-171001
Name of the Intern, College and Year of Study
Pranav Kumar Kaushal, Bahra University Shimla Hills, B.A., L.LB, 4th Year Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
1st July 2019 to 30th July 2019
Application Process with Contact Details
CV along with the Cover Letter has to be sent to the following address: Honourable Mr. Justice Vivek Singh Thakur, Judge High Court of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla-171001 or Registrar General, High Court of Himachal Pradesh Ravenswood, Shimla -171001 (E-mail: hicourt-hp[at]nic.in)
First Day Formalities and Infrastructure
My day started with the opportunity to meet and interact with Justice Vivek Singh Thakur for a very short while. At the court, the day started with a great hustle to get the pass made. Being miscellaneous day, the day involved hearing of appeal petitions and certain other matters.
Each day was divided into two parts:
Attending court proceeding
Working at the chamber office of Justice Vivek Singh Thakur after Court hours.
In Court, I used to observe the day to day proceeding and write down the oral arguments in the courtroom proceeding. Listening to the conversation between the Bar and Bench was very interesting which taught me the importance of advocacy skill in the courtroom.
In-office, my task was to prepare case briefs and summarise the main facts. I was also asked to research upon civil, criminal jurisdiction and other procedures at the level of High Court.
Work Environment and People
Staff at the High Court was very cooperative. The building of High Court is located in one of the best and peaceful part of Shimla with an excellent view which added advantage to work in such a beautiful environment. Overall the work environment was very professional and the staff was very helpful and cooperative.
The best thing about interning under His Lordship was that every day you got an opportunity to meet Sir and discuss legal issues. Justice Vivek Singh Thakur taught me how to carry out research as research and command over the subjects give you much required confidence to argue in the court of law.
Also, the library of High Court of Himachal Pradesh is very vast and during these four weeks of Internship, I used to spend much of my time in the library as well.
Nothing was bad
In order to have a successful career in advocacy, there is requirement to have Patience, Endurance, Power, Courage and compassion.
The official timings were 10: 00 am to 05:00 pm, but I used to be in the court by 07:00 pm.
I live in Shimla so I didn’t need to arrange for accommodation. But PGs in and around the High Court is available.
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