I applied with my Curriculum Vitae, Bonafide Certificate from the College to the Registry of the Kerala High Court. I got a confirmation in lesss than a week. By confirmation, I mean the approval from the Chief Justice. For internship under any Judge, the approval of the Chief Justice is necessary. His Lordship consented for the same.
Duration in weeks. Days of work per week. Timings.
4 weeks. Monday to Friday. 9-5 Timings were strictly followed.
First impression, first day, formalities
This was my first internship under a High Court Judge. I was worried whether he could accomodate an intern in his busy schedule.
Suprisingly, he was very friendly,pleasant and accomodative. On the first day, he guided me as to what will my tasks be during the internship. The staff was also extremely helpful.
Due to the nature of the internship, I cannot disclose the subject matter of the cases as the judgments are yet to be pronounced by His Lordship.
However, to give a general idea, I was asked the law subjects I have done until now. I was allotted case filed to read and prepare notes on. I enjoyed note-making because firstly, I was given briefs on Constitutional Law which was my favorite area of interest.
Secondly, the fact that the Judge was relying on my notes, (which of course, he has a discretion to accept or reject) and that it could be useful for him while writing judgments was too thrilling! I also attended a few court hearings. Discussions with sir was interesting and informative.
There was a great variety of work, ranging from Service Law to Constitutional Law. I was given access to the AIR and SCC search engines. I read, drafted, researched and discussed. 🙂
Work environment, people
Work environment at the office was one of the best things of this internship. I was given logistics support; a computer system with an internet connection with all the legal search softwares installed. The staff was extremely friendly and helped me know more about the office.
The best things AND the bad things
The best thing was, of course interactions and discussions with Sir.
He explains to you what exactly you need to do, give suggestions on your work, edit what you have done – though he had a tight schedule to follow! Out of all my intenships, I consider him as someone who really wanted interns to learn and helped them to. I can’t think of any bad things about the internship.
Accommodation etc. What did you to do chill in and around the office and the place of stay?
I belong to Kochi. So I stayed at Home. You have two canteens in the High Court building itself. The Marine Drive and the Bay Pride Mall are nearby places to chill. You will find a lot of places to stay in Kochi. YWCA could be a good option.
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