Tejas Vasani, a 3rd year Law student of GLS Law College, Ahmedabad shares his internship experience at Chambers of Advocate Mr. Sanjay V. Thakkar, a practicing advocate in the field of Criminal Law at Ahmedabad City Civil and Sessions Court, Ahmedabad (Rural) District and Sessions Court, Metropolitan Magistrate Court (Ahmedabad) and the High Court of Gujarat.
Name of the Organization/ Lawyer and Address
Chambers of Advocate Mr. Sanjay V. Thakkar, a practicing advocate in the field of Criminal Law at Ahmedabad City Civil and Sessions Court, Ahmedabad (Rural) District and Sessions Court, Metropolitan Magistrate Court (Ahmedabad) and the High Court of Gujarat.
Duration of the Internship at Chambers of Advocate Mr. Sanjay V. Thakkar
1st April 2019- 30th April 2019.
Office and Team Strength
Sir has been allotted a chamber (Chamber No. 6) at the City Civil and Sessions Court located at Bhadra. His office is located at Hebatpur Road. We always reported directly to his chambers at the City Civil and Sessions Court and were never taken to the office.
His team comprises of around three associates and four to five other staff members to assist him in the day-to-day court proceedings. The associates were always eager to help. Everyone, including Sanjay Sir, encouraged us to ask questions and clarify all our doubts and queries.
Application Procedure, Contact details for Internship.
One can apply by either directly contacting Sanjay Sir or one of his staff members, Ms. Poonam Gaur, who is responsible for handling the interns. The contact numbers are as follows:-
Sanjay Thakkar Sir- +91 9227229009
Ms. Poonam Gaur- +91 9377628288
First Impressions, the first day, formalities, etc.
On my first day, I was asked to report to Sir’s chambers at 10:00 a.m. sharp. He introduced us to his associates and had a brief talk on the general court proceedings and asked us to thoroughly read certain chapters of the Criminal Procedure Code. Post this, we were given certain case files to read and were asked to attend the related bail proceedings. All the associates and staff were extremely helpful and easily approachable.
We were mainly given case files to read and then observe the related court proceedings. We were asked to report directly to the City Civil and Sessions Court at 10:30 a.m. sharp every day and observe the daily court proceedings thereon till 5:30 p.m. No significant office work such as research and drafting was given. We were expected to read the case files thoroughly and understand the merits as well as the procedural history of the case, following which we attended the live proceedings of the particular case.
Work Environment, people
The staff members, as well as the associates, were extremely helpful. We were not given the opportunity of working at his office and no significant research work or drafting work was assigned. This greatly disappointed us. Upon repeated requests, one of his associates taught us the procedure for registration of a case with the registrar. However, other than that we were mostly asked to read the case files and attend the court proceedings. Overall, the work environment was positive. In the initial few days, one of his staff members used to sit with us during case file readings and even gave us certain tips as to how to quickly know the merits of the case by looking at certain documents. This helped us greatly.
There were four other interns apart from me and all of us were from different law schools. All of my co-interns were eager to learn and we had several interesting discussions and debates amongst ourselves.
Best things about the Internship
The associates, as well as Sanjay Sir, were easily approachable and extremely helpful. They constantly checked on us and made sure that we clearly understood the contents of the case files and the subsequent court proceedings.
The internship provided me with an opportunity to work with real cases and apply my theoretical knowledge practically. I was brought face-to-face with several shocking ground-level realities in the legal profession which greatly motivated and inspired the reformist within me. I was not assigned any legal research or drafting work by the advocate which has been a disappointment. However, overall the internship has been greatly satisfying and has provided me with opportunities for personal growth.