Name of the organisation. City
Mr. Satish Tamta, Advocate, New Delhi.
How big was the office? Team strength?
Mr. Tamta has a fairly large chamber in the Delhi High Court, which he shares with a Junior Lawyer. He has a plush basement office in Noida which he shares with his wife, who is a Supreme Court Advocate.
Application procedure. Internship contact details
Mr. Tamta accepts interns by way of e-mail internship applications. Although not mandatory, he prefers interns who reside in Delhi. Mr. Tamta’s e-mail id is email@example.com.
Duration in weeks. No. of days/week. Timings
The internship is for the duration of four weeks, six days a week. Mr. Tamta might ask the interns to come to his office on one of the Sundays though, depending on the work. Second Saturdays are off, however, being Court holidays.
The timings are usually from 10 A.M. to 8:30 P.M. You are expected to report to the trial court (and occasionally the High Court) where Mr. Tamta has a matter sharp at 10 A.M. The timings are flexible though and Mr. Tamta has no issues with giving time off if you have to attend to other urgent work.
Accommodation: how, where, how was it?
I stayed at a P.G. in Sector 49, Noida, about 4 Kms from Mr. Tamta’s Office.
A a stone’s throw’s distance from the Noida City Center Metro Station (the last station on the Blue-Line) and proximity to the Noida Sector Fifty Market which has some exceptional eating out options makes the location excellent.
Any place in Noida in and around Sector 30 would do fine for the internship, if you are not a resident of Delhi. For Delhi residents, the Sector-18 Metro Station is a ten buck rickshaw ride away from Mr. Tamta’s Office.
First impression. First day, formalities etc.
An extremely erudite man with a penchant for witty one-liners, Mr. Tamta came across as slightly intimidating on first meeting but after talking to him for a couple of minutes you feel at ease right away.
On the first day I was instructed to report to his chambers at the Patiala House Trial Court with a copy of my ID Proof and a couple of passport photographs (needed for obtaining a month long High Court pass).
Mr. Tamta does not expect his interns to do any intensive drafting work unlike other lawyers. He generally asks his interns to draft a few bail applications towards the fag end of the internship. He is extremely particular about the interns observing the court proceedings not only in his matters but also in other cases.
The most important part of the day is the time that he spends with the interns in his office every evening, quizzing them about the happenings of the day and explaining in meticulous detail the strategy followed by him in the Court earlier in the day.
He also asks the interns about their feedback and think about possible cross-examination questions. This is followed by an hour of ‘class’, where he teaches Criminal Procedure from a practitioner’s point of view. Extremely insightful and replete with examples of cases in which he has previously appeared, these classes are invaluable for learning criminal trial procedure.
Work environment, people
Mr. Tamta is assisted by a 4-5 junior lawyers, who although do not interact much with the interns, are very cordial. His clerk, who handles the bulk of his filing work, is a jovial guy who goes to great lengths to make the interns feel at home.
The best part about the internship has to be the ‘classes’ that he takes which I have talked about above. Watching him argue in big cases and then discussing it with him is an absolute treat, too. Also, he takes the interns out for a spin in his BMW now and then. How cool is that?!
People who are looking for a lot of drafting work would be disappointed.
What did you do to chill? Co-interns, colleagues
Being big foodies, me and my co-interns (from my college) ate out whenever we could. Brahmaputra Market, about half a kilometer from Mr. Tamta’s Office has some great roll and kebab joints. Mr. Tamta also takes all of his interns out for a treat at the end of the internship. So, another ‘yay’ for the foodies!
Our internship also coincided with the Delhi Book Fair, which is an absolute delight for a bibliophile.
The biggest lesson that I learnt was although it might sound platitudinous, Criminal Procedure is the bedrock of criminal trial and if you want to make it big as a criminal lawyer, it is the most basic things that are the most important.
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