Name, College, Year of Study
Pragati Gupta, B.A. LLB (Hons), Alliance University (5th Year) 2016-21.
Name of The Organization
Advocate Rajkumar Tiwari, Durg District Court, Chhattisgarh
Duration of Internship
One month internship from 1st July 2019 to 30th July 2019
Durg District Court, Chhattisgarh
No stipend was being provided during the course of internship.
My basic task was to read the case files and present my opinion on the same. My advocate Rajkumar sir deals with both civil and criminal matters; thus, I got the knowledge of both the cases. I learned how to read a case file and how to arrange a case file in the proper order of documents. I also got to see the case hearings in the courtroom. It made me understand how the proceedings take place and how the examination of witnesses is done. The junior lawyers under my advocate also taught me how to get the seal and stamp work done.
This was my first internship at a trial court which turned out to be a very informative one. The practical aspects of advocacy are different from the theoretical ones taught in the college. The lawyer I interned under had a chamber where other lawyers specializing in different fields of law used to sit, so I got to learn new things from everyone. Even in the courtrooms, the advocates from the opposite counsel were very helpful, and always explained their approach to the case, and helped me understand their aspects voluntarily.
In the courtroom, I saw the lawyers argued, and during lunch in the cafeteria, we saw them being friends, that also taught us the concept of professionalism followed by them where the rivalry starts and ends inside the courtroom itself and outside everyone is a friend. I had a rich learning experience in the trial court. Also noticed certain drawbacks holding the smooth functioning of the district-level courts. Usually, in a district court, the working system is quite tangled. The process of carrying out any work is not efficient or effective. The record room which consists of all the files and documents were a mess.
The working pace is very slow as compared to the higher level of courts. In a day, in one case, only a single person gets examined and most of this time is wasted in typing where the judge repeats every word the witnesses say and makes the stenographer write. I have noticed the relation between the judges and the lawyers, where the lawyers try to flatter the judge to get their requests approved. The sessions court is nothing like what we see on the tv and in films, neither does it stand any close to the higher-level courts.
The worst part is that the authority which ensures proper abidance of rules by everyone is lacking in upholding some petty but important rules of the premises. For instance, the place where it is cautioned “do not spit here” has been spat the most and on that very sign. I have observed more negative aspects than positive ones. In my opinion, there is a need to change the way of working followed in the court and make rules a little rigid. However, my overall learning-wise experience was good.