Internship Experience @ Justice Sharad Kumar Gupta, High Court of Chhattisgarh: Gained Priceless Knowledge and Experience

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Chhattisgarh High Court, Bilaspur, Single judge bench comprising only the staff of the concerned judge

Application Process

Submit your recommendation letter from your college (the letter should be addressed to the Registrar General, High Court of Chhattisgarh), a handwritten application seeking permission to intern under the judges of the High Court to the Additional Registrar (Judicial), Ms. Mamta Shukla. Mail your biodata/CV to [email protected].

Duration of internship and timings

Minimum 3 weeks (21 days), Maximum 1 month (30 days)

Timings: 10.30 am to 4.30 pm

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

After getting the approval letter from the ARJ Office, you need to go to the respective court room on the first day. Remember to enter the office of the Additional and Deputy Registrars, the judicial staff first so that they can verify that it is you who wants to intern.

After the verification, proceed to the courtroom and enter from the court clerk’s side.

The court rooms are beautiful and state-of-the-art. The environs are conducive for hearing the sitting judge delivering the orders and judgments. The Chhattisgarh High Court hardly looks like any old, cliched courtroom; it is modern, clean and well designed and equipped.

Main tasks

Main tasks were to hear the honourable justice, how he hears the cases, how he applies the law and how he delivers the judgments. It is advisable to note down the facts and noteworthy points of the cases in brief and to definitely note down the judgment delivered as dictated to the judicial staff.

Work environment and people

Staff of his office is very supportive and helpful. They help you out of any problems, they clarify any doubts you may have in witnessing the proceedings. You can ask them any questions you may have and they will be happy and willing to help.

Best things

Infrastructure of both high court and office is good. I think its worth interning there because you get works to do and appreciation afterwards when you give them results.

Bad Things

Commuting to the high court is an issue, as it is located 15 kms away from the main city. City buses run at regular intervals though, but it is not advisable not to travel by autorickshaws as they charge a heavy amount for dropping you there. If you are opting for a shared auto, then you have to change to a new auto from Maharana Pratap Chowk. Accomodation is available at Chakarbhata in 3 to 5k per month.

Stipend

No stipend but for sure there is huge enhancements in one’s knowledge. You get to learn the working of the high courts, especially how a judge performs his duties by virtue of his office. It is an experience of a lifetime.

Biggest Lessons

You get to learn a lot about how a high court functions, how cases are filed, how advocates as learned counsels present their case submissions, how judges hear and decide the cases, how laws we learn in college find application in day to day life. You may not get any stipend, but you gain knowledge and experience, which is priceless.

Any Other Thing

Be sincere, devoted and inquisitive. Do not hesitate to ask questions, solve your queries and learn new things. If you work hard, you will develop the required legal acumen to succeed in life.

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