Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength
District and Sessions Court, Khurda at Bhubaneswar. It was an individual internship.
I had taken an appointment with the judge of the District and Sessions Court prior to my internship.
Since there is no such concrete application procedure to apply for the internship, having contacts can aid better or simply may be getting into the court and fixing an appointment with the judge stating the purpose can help.
Duration of internship and timings
It was a four week internship with five working days a week.
Timings were quite similar to that of any regular court session. It was from 11:00 AM- 5:00 PM.
Sometimes Saturday could be utilized for reading case files.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
First impression of the internship was really good.
Judge of the District and Sessions Court, Dr. D.P. Choudhury is a very respectable personality who made my internship really forthcoming with his knowledgeable discussion.
The formalities were quite simple. I had to meet the Judge and then route my recommendation letter through the clerk of the Court.
The District Court building dates back to the 1980s and has been inaugurated by the then CM, Odisha, Janaki B. Pattnaik. There are additional courts like the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, the vigilance court, the Family Court and other such courts in the same building as that of the District Court.
I used to attend the court proceedings daily and make a note of the cases.
The first hour of most of the days used to have criminal trials and the second half used to have civil proceedings. The judge assigned to make a weekly report of the cases and the lessons learned in the court.
The files of the cases in which witnesses were brought in particular were given to read. A detailed study and subsequent report on it was required to be made.
On an average I got to read some 3-4 files daily. At the end of the internship I was to submit an internship report which included around 20 cases which I thoroughly read and followed in the entire month’s court proceedings.
Work environment and people
Although there were no co-interns, the work environment was amazing as I got an opportunity to sit amongst the lawyers of the Court and definitely few great lawyers of the State.
I got to learn a lot, as they say “directly from the Horse’s Mouth” regarding strategies to be taken while defending a client and the general court courtesy.
The frequent discussions with the Judge regarding various on going trials and other legal topics with an added opportunity to put forth my own views about the cases helped me really hone my legal reasoning and thinking skills in a more professional way.
The internship was one of its kind. It made me learn really lots of legal related topics, much more just than my course as a II Year law student. The internship tenure was much of a learning process which helped me immensely to add to my knowledge base as a budding individual in the legal fraternity.
The interaction and discussion with the Judge was the best part of my internship.
Probably lack of other co-interns made the internship little dull. Sometimes even a lot of reading of the case files and critical aspects of it created mind blocks at the initial stage.
Also getting the files during the busy court days was a herculean task. Still, the learning made up for it as it left pure joy at the end of the fruitful and really professional time spent out there.
It was free internship but, it was worth the knowledge earned.
Attending the court and watching the proceedings on a regular basis helped me learn provisions of different legislation.
Being in my II Year, I got a rough idea of the major and most frequently used sections of the CrPC, IPC, The Indian Evidence Act,1872 and the CPC.
Provisions of other acts like the Arbitration and Conciliation Act,1996, The Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act 1985, The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, Protection Of Children From Sexual Offences Act,2012, The Employers State Insurance Act, 1948, The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961 and other such acts were also learnt to some extent.
Apart from this, viewing the proceedings gave a practical knowledge about advocacy skills ,the manner of pleading in the court, how to be prepared for answering the questions put by the Hon’ble judge in the court and how to conduct witness examination in a manner favourable to the case.
Any Other Thing
As a whole the internship at the District and Sessions Judge Khurda, at Bhubaneswar can be a good opportunity for every law student who is enthusiastic, regular and eager to learn new aspects of law.