Judicial Internship @ Justice R.J. Mittal, District Court, Bhopal: Practical Knowledge in Abundance, No Stipend

Name of Organisation, Location, Team Strength

Hon’ble Justice Smt. Rama Jayant Mittal, District Court, Bhopal

Application Process

You have to contact the registrar of District Court, Bhopal with the application and a bonafide letter issued by your college.

Duration of internship and timings

I interned from June 15 to June 30, 2012. The timings were followed in strict manner i.e. from 10:00 am sharp till 5:00 pm.

There was a lunch break in between.

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

First day…. I was asked for an introduction in brief. The judge asked me for my interest in civil and criminal laws. Then she asked the clerk to put a chair near to her table of the courtroom. It was like, “Oh, I am sitting just beside a judge.”

Whenever any lawyer entered the courtroom he bowed to show respect to the judge and the same went for me. Bhopal District court is located on the main road, near to M.P. Nagar Bhopal. It a new building and have all the amenities available as a high-tech building.

On my first day, the Hon’ble judge asked me to go through some of her case files and make a report on the same and since I was a novice she let me leave early and asked me to come on time the next day.

Main tasks

Whenever there were any hearing of cases on a particular day, all the respective case files were kept on the table. I was asked to go through those files and make a review of the same with a conclusion.

I was asked to look into CPC and CrPC to clarify my doubts.
I made comments on number of cases and at the end of the day made a report on the same.

Work environment and people

When you intern as a judicial clerk, you are surrounded by the court proceedings, black and white apparels, clerks and the courtroom along with the judge.

There was no air conditioning installed and this kept me continually sweeping my sweat off my face in the summers of Bhopal. Yet, the environment was good.

I was curious to know what happened in various cases. I went through files, asked for the opinions of the judge about how they interpret the case on facts along with the law and get the answer.

Best things

You get first hand experience and actually understand how a court proceeding takes place.

We all try to grasp theoretical knowledge but do not have any knowledge about practicality- like there are various formalities which you have to fulfill before admitting a case.

Also, these are the courts where the facts of the case are finalized and then left for appeals before High courts and Supreme Court- so there’s a LOT to learn here.

Along with me, my friends were also interning under other Hon’ble Judges. Whenever there was a lunch break we all used to hangout.

Bad things

If you visit a district court, you will understand the crowd, the rush and the over-population factor of India. There was no place for even a tiny ant to fit in. Always overcrowded, people were perpetually rushing here and there and everything was perpetually jumbled up.



Biggest Lessons

You may have all the theoretical knowledge of the world, but if you are not transforming it practically, you actually don’t know the real world.

Also, a judicial clerkship is always a prestigious opportunity and experience in terms of the experience it allows you to gain so closely.


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