Name, College & Year of Study
Varsha Ranjan, University of Calcutta, 3rd Year, Department of Law.
Name of Organisation, Location (City)
Under Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashwani Kumar Singh, Patna High Court, Patna, Bihar
There was no particular process for an internship. My Uncle works in High Court. So, I contacted him for the internship through my uncle. Then I was told to write an application to the Additional Registrar (Judicial) regarding my interest in interning at High Court under him.
You have to submit a copy of your College Id, two passport size photographs, and a No Objection Certificate from your College as well.
Duration of Internship and Timings
Anyone can intern for either 3 weeks or 4 weeks.
I interned under him from 1st February 2021 to 1st March 2021 for 1 month. The timing of the Court was from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
First Impression, First Day Formalities, Infrastructure
There is a certain dress which was supposed to be followed. On the first day, I was a bit nervous but then I was asked to meet Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ashwani Kumar Singh in the Judges’ Chamber where he told me to visit the courtroom and observe how the court proceedings take place.
The courts are lovely and the best in class. The environment is favourable for hearing the sitting Judges conveying the orders and decisions.
As I was working under a criminal Judge, I was assigned some research works with regards to the case laws on criminal matters. Principal tasks were to hear the court proceedings, how he hears the cases, how he applies the law, and how he conveys the decisions and makes a note on the cases being argued and decided.
I was given some case files which I was told to study and analyze and then prepare the arguments in favour of both parties. Then he would ask questions relating to those cases.
At first, I couldn’t understand those case records, so I asked for help and they assisted me in understanding the case records effectively and disclosed to me which archive I needed to understand first and afterwards.
I understood the strategy of setting up the archives and saw that how an FIR, charge sheet, issues, and witnesses are framed.
Work Environment and People
The workplace was decent and sometimes adequately occupied. It has a pretty big library where I found some excellent books. Any intern can utilize it by going there and can find good books to read.
The staff members of his office were extremely supportive and helped me in every way possible. They were very friendly and answered all the questions I had during my internship period.
As this is my home town, I didn’t face any difficulties finding accommodation. But if anyone wants someplace to stay, there are many hostels and PGs in that area (within 1Km from the High Court) where you can easily get a place.
The best thing about being an intern was that there was immense learning about the practical implications of the laws that we study. After witnessing the court proceedings you’ll get a clear idea of working within the legal system.
After completing your internship you’ll know that practical knowledge is different from theoretical one, which we receive at our institutes.
- Certificate of Internship
- Court Visits
- Letter of Recommendation
- Suitable Hours of Working
- Practical Knowledge regarding various Laws
- Exposure to the Litigation Field
- Drafting Skills
There was no such thing that I would say is bad about being an intern there.
I enjoyed my Internship at the High Court and the knowledge and experience that I’ve gained from there would be very helpful for me in the future. It gave me an idea about our Country’s legal system and its functioning.
You will gain proficiency with a great deal about how a high court works, how cases are documented, how advocates put forth their arguments, how judges hear the cases and pass judgment, and how the laws that we study are applied in real life.
There may not be any stipend, but the knowledge and experience that you gain holds more value and is priceless.
Any Other Things
I would suggest that if you want to intern under High Court then you should at least have some basic knowledge about Cr.PC, CPC, and the Indian Evidence Act as it would become easier to understand the court proceedings. And always carry a pen and diary along with you.
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