Name. Year of Study. College.
Jehosh Paul, 2nd year, School of Law Christ University, Bengaluru (SLCU).
Name of the organization. City
Centre for Law and Policy Research (CLPR), Bengaluru.
Kind of organization
Centre for Law and Policy Research (CLPR) is a not-for-profit trust established in 2009.
CLPR engages in law and policy research, strategic impact litigation and advocacy interventions to secure progressive outcomes in various fields.
Type/Duration of the internship
Court Observation project, 6 Weeks
How big was the office? Team strength?
The office is located in an apartment called Dona Cynthia and occupies two floors. CLPR has a sister law firm called Ashira Law, and both share the same office. It consisted of a dedicated team of 6, who could be seen working hard to make a difference in the society.
The library at CLPR is excellent with books which are wide ranging, few of which are Constitutional debates, Two treaties on the Government(John Locke), The Leviathan(Hobbes), The Rebel (Ram Jethmalani) and various other Socio-Legal books which the interns court read during the lunch hour and after the court hours.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week.
6 Weeks. 6 days a week. (Saturday was a working day since the Magistrates court’s hearing are also on Saturdays)
Application procedure. Internship contact details
The application to internship was through writing a mail to [email protected], with resume, writing sample and a brief note on why one would be an ideal fit for the position.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
Since my aunt is residing in Bengaluru, accomodation was not a problem as I could stay with her.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
One the first day we were briefed on the pre-trial and under-trial statistics in India. We were acquainted with the courts which were to be observed and what was the actual procedure to be followed by the courts according to Cr.P.C.
We were also introduced to our supervisor Ashwini Tallur Ma’am who was extremely sweet and approachable. (We were also provided with cake and tea for snacks)
Main tasks (in detail)
During the internship period, we were required to go to the identified Magistrate’s Court in Bengaluru and observe the first productions in bail proceedings before that court for a period of 6 weeks.
We observed the proceeding, interacted with court officials, lawyers and police to obtain information and fill in questionnaires for each first production observed.
The main objective was to understand the trial proceedings with respect to first productions,i.e., the accused who are supposed to be produced in front of a magistrate within 24 hours of arrest.
I also translated the documents which were initially in Kannada to English for CLPR which is also advocating for the complete eradication of Child Marriages from the society.
As a Criminal lawyer aspirant, this internship provided me an opportunity to understand the court proceedings and how does the actual system work.
Work environment, people
The work environment was nothing short of perfect. The associates at CLPR were extremely sweet and always ready to help whenever we had any queries.
Ashwini Tallur Ma’am, our supervisor, was the most sweetest,helpful and inspiring person under whom I have interned till date.
It was commendable to see ma’am going to High Court for litigation and coming back in the afternoon and tirelessly going through the questionnaires of all 10 interns and then accompanying us to the courts to help if we get struck with any technicalities.
The people at CLPR are ever hardworking and it inspires us as interns to actually do the designated work to us with the utmost sincerity and dedication.
- Along with the Stipend we received Travelling Allowance of 750/- every week, since we had to travel back and forth from office to the court.
- They take interns seriously and make it a point to make sure that you learn the work and efficiently vent out the work assigned and also provide with constructive feedback. The team at CLPR is very very approachable.
- I could understand the practical aspects of the judiciary with respect to the procedural aspects. It was one of a kind of internship where I actually got to observe the overall aspects of the working of the magistrate.
- Interns are treated with respect and they clearly tell us what is expected from us and there is nothing like a master-servant relationship where the interns are told to do a particular work and then the supervisor tells that she/he is too busy to review intern’s work an asks to approach her/him only when the work is done.
- I was surprised to note how fond I had grown of the team working on the court observation project in the short span of six weeks. It was absolutely worth working at CLPR with a very encouraging environment and somewhere deep down in my heart I miss being at CLPR and working with my team.
We had problems with commuting as the cabs were not ready to take a pickup in front of the court since it was a one-way road.
Sometimes travelling during summer seemed tough but the project was worth sweating for.
Few court officials were quite approachable while few were not so approachable.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
We interns chilled whenever the courts were adjourned, there was no dearth of places to chill and with the library being well equipped at CLPR one will always be tempted to read those amazing books during free time.