Internship Experience @ District Legal Service Authority, Jodhpur: Learnt a Lot About Mediation and ADR

 

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

ADR Center, DLSA Jodhpur

Application Process with contact details

The application process is easy, one has to send application with CV to the organisation’s email id which is, [email protected]

It is better to send it a month before the date one wants to start ones internship.

Duration of internship and timings

My internship duration with the Center was from 17th May, 2016 to 15th June, 2016.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

The DLSA office is located in the Rajasthan High Court premises. I was asked to report the office at sharp 7:30 am so that I can complete the formalities. The office operates in the ADR Center which has a decent infrastructure.

I met the Secretary of DLSA Jodhpur, who gave me an introduction of the functions that the DLSA performs but since I was a law student I was asked to work with the ADR Center which facilitates Lok Adalats and Court-annexed Mediation.

Main tasks

As mentioned earlier, I was asked to work with Mediation Center and Lok Adalat of the ADR Center. The main task was to participate in the Mediation proceedings and observe the working of the Lok Adalat forum.

The District Judge of Jodhpur asked me to prepare a report on the merit, demerits and suggestions for improvement in the working of these mechanisms. For this reason I divided my working hours for Mediation and Lok Adalat.

I was asked to read the Afcons Judgement, which gave guidelines for the Court-annexed Mediation process.

For the initial few days I observed the mediation proceedings and later was given the task to act as a counsellor to the disputants and orient them about the merits of the Mediation.

I was also given the clerical work on the later stage where I used to attend the parties and sometimes even their lawyers and prepare their files for the proceedings.

Work environment and people

The work environment was really friendly. The staff of 9 people were very cooperative and helpful to me.

Best things

This internship gave me a lot of exposure. My report which I was supposed to submit at the end of the internship was sent to NALSA as a document of recommendations.

I learnt about Mediation and Lok Adalat and got a training in the new area of law which is Mediation.

Biggest Lessons

Be punctual and for a lawyer its very important to be flexible with its approach.

Office Timings

The office timings are strict and are same as that of the court. During summers the timings of the courts in Rajasthan are from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm, the same was followed in the ADR Center.

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