Name, College, Year of Study
Prafful Goyal, West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength
Inder Raj Saini, Ex-Additional Advocate General of Rajasthan, High Court of Rajasthan, 2-3.
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If you want to apply for internship, you have to first talk to Mr. Inder Raj Saini in person almost a month prior to internship schedule.
After this, on the first day of the internship you have to submit an updated CV along with the bona-fide certificate certifying you as the student of a particular university (can be collected from the college administration).
Name : Inder Raj Saini, Advocate in Rajasthan High Court (Jaipur Bench), Rajasthan.
Chamber No. 230, High Court, Jaipur.
Contact Number : +(91)-141-2227340
Mobile No.: – +(91)-9414042777
Duration of internship and timings
A Law Internship according to me shouldn’t be less than for 4 weeks as this is the ideal duration for which one should do a legal internship, otherwise, it mayn’t be that that helpful. It is because one take time to accustom itself in certain atmosphere, environment and understand the working of a particular institution.
During my internship, timings of the court were from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm (Summer Timing) (Timings differ in Winter and Summer). After the court hours, usually advocates ask for research which you can do either in the advocate’s office or at your place. I used to go to Sir’s office everyday after the court hours, they will give you certain files to research on.
First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure
First Impression at the High Court of Rajasthan, Jaipur is just like you are visiting private institution because it is well maintained and well constructed.
In High Court, there are 20 different court rooms means 20 courts function simultaneously, which means the disposal rate is very good but there is other side of it as well.
Many times court don’t function (during my internship, maximum number of courts I saw working was 13 out of 20), Chief Justice court functions only for the half of a month as the Chief Justice has to sit in both the benches (Jaipur and Jodhpur). But the amount of work judges do in High Court is enormous. They usually give a maximum of 2-3 minutes to a case, then also they couldn’t be able to finish with their ‘Daily Cause Lists’.
First day formalities is just nothing, you will feel like you know these people already, juniors under Sir are very friendly and always want to help, they will take you to the courts whenever they are going. They will allow you to sit in any court you like.
My main task as a first year intern was to know about the working of the court and different benches.
I had the opportunity to hear arguments in all types of court room ranging from civil to criminal cases. Then in the office you had to read the different cases and the files that my lawyer had under him and some which were already decided. I was asked what would had been my arguments in that case in the District Courts and how would I had proceeded.
I dealt mostly with Constitutional Law. It helped me in clearing my concepts particularly about Writ Jurisdiction of the Court and they will also teach you how to file a writ petition.
Work environment and people
The work environment was very good. You get to know and talk to many lawyers and get a first hand information about the legal system. People around our Sir were really informed about everything because of which the talks were not only limited to legal area.
High Court is the first appellate court of our legal system. In High Courts, there is only arguments on the issues, they are no witness, statements etc. (until required). It is because all the statement are recorded usually at the stage of trial court. Then also, you’ll get to know the filing work as our Sir used to file lots of writ petitions on social issues, for example reservation policy etc.
Usually the matters in High Court is divided among different judges, like one judge will deal with all the S. 482 cases, so one will deal with writ matters. After some time, you will be able to deduce how a judge is going to react in a certain type of situation and it helps you to figure out how to fight similar cases in front of different benches.
It served as a basic lesson for you if you are going to practice in future.