Sarthak Sharma, Amity Law School, Delhi (Affiliated to GGSIP University)
I applied for this internship through a personal contact, though one can also apply by sending application and CV to Delhi High Court Registry.
First Day & First impression:
I was supposed to reach Court Room Number 33 of the Delhi High Court at 9:30 AM. This was informed to me by Justice Gita Mittal’s PA Kapil Sharma (he was very welcoming and used to crack jokes once in a while).
The court was a division bench of Criminal Roster. I was briefed by the Law Clerks regarding my work. My major work, was to make briefs of the cases that is listed for the next day.
Ma’am was very friendly, used to guide us regarding our future. Even-though she was busy with loads of work, she still managed to seek time once in a week to nurture the interns.
One was supposed to reach court before 9:30 AM and could leave by 6:30 PM. Though it depended on the work given, as the interns were supposed to complete the work given before leaving.
The bench was a criminal roster bench, thus dealt with varity of criminal cases. I used to carry my own CRPC and IPC to work for quick reference.
Interns under Justice Gita Mittal were supposed to make brief notes on the cases listed on next day. Once in a while we were supposed to assist the Judicial Researchers in research related work.
Sitting on the other side of the bench, listening to many senior counsels was a powerful and a good experience. Interning under a Judge helps you access Judge’s Library, secret lobby.
Getting into the canteen in the peak hours was a easy task (just show that Judge’s Intern Card and no one will stop you).
Tips before interning under a Judge:
Do not do judicial internship in your 1st or 2nd year.
Before interning under a Judge, study CrPC and CPC (it’s very important to understand the procedure of the court before applying for the judicial internship).
Adhere court rules strictly and never disobey the dress code prescribed for the interns.
There is a benefit of interning under a judge that you will not find anywhere on the net, and that is Judicial Interns can park their cars in the Automatic Car Parking for free. (That’s right, one can park it’s car for free by showing Judge’s Intern ID Card).
See Justice Gita Mittal’s profile on Delhi High Court website here.