Go through your college’s internship committee. The registrar has to send recommendation to the High Court. The judge then has discretion to select you. But once he has chosen you be assured that he has seen your CV.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
4 weeks.6 days/week. Timings are 10.00 AM to 3 PM. Varies from day to day. In may they have a summer break so plan accordingly.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
As Delhi has loads of people interning in the month of May-June, it’s easy to find a PG and sharing it with people whom you know.
Nothing is too far in Delhi with the buses and metro running for your convenience.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
People are very kind and helpful, with very basic formalities. There is nothing to fear or be nervous about. The judge calls you in and asks you about your subjects in college.
If your judge is a civil matters judge then you should have brief idea of what CPC is. Certain etiquettes have to be always remembered. You just can’t keep moving to fro in the lobby.
Main tasks (in detail)
Main tasks involved researching and making briefs of the cases for the next day. But that is just for you because the clerks have to do the final work.
The judicial clerks sometimes delegate you their work and is much appreciated if done well. The research is then shown to the judge if it meets the requirement.
The library of Delhi high court is huge with computers and you can ask for the Manupatra and other research databases password from the judicial clerks and sit there whole day with the books if you want to.
Work environment, people
Work environment was highly chilled. Everyone in court was very friendly. They know your name. They help you throughout. They even make you feel as if you were a part of the team from years even on the very first day. Awesome experience.
The best thing are the flexible timings and the food served by the High Court Canteen.
Sadly you won’t receive any stipend at all.
But this should not be a factor that holds you back, as lots of knowledge can be obtained.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
There was only one other intern and that too with the other judge and not much chilling was done as work takes different interns to different parts of the Court.
So interns usually do not get beyond the cordial stage.
But if you get along with the judicial clerks/researchers then nothing like it. You get to hang around. They will tell you the places to go and would be fun working with.
No stipend at all, even if you are the best researcher ever born.
Anything else you’d like to tell
If you work hard enough you can get a letter and if an impression is formed, it can also be helpful for future internships.
But getting one is very tough and very rare.
Changes your impression about the system enormously. You start rethinking about litigation. The Delhi High Court makes you feel an urge to be a part of it.
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