Monday, April 5, 2010 | By: CHIMI DORJI

Internship at Paro District Court-II

The internship in the court was my first time ever to explore the pragmatic realities of the course I’m pursuing. It surely afforded a groovy chance for me to experience the realities beyond the ‘law in books’ and procedures to operate ‘law in action’ effectively and expeditiously which would enable to render justice to all people.
Justice knows nothing. It eyes all people from all walks of life equal, no discrimination. So to seek this people from all walks of life and of all ages for different reasons walk to court. Some come with smiling face while some are almost dead face. Some come leaving behind all important works and wait in the court room for hours and hours only to find at the end either their opponent has not turned up or judge or their concerned clerk is absent. With no alternative they return to home with full of frustrations without any achievement. At least for absent of their opponent they get compensation for their long wait but for absent of judges or clerks they don’t get anything other than aggravating their frustration.
The real -live drama is exhibited before the judge. Every litigant tries best of their ability to get the judgment in their favor. They dig all evidences bringing the live even casual talks, pranks and confidential talks they had when there were once best neighbors or friends or couple.
The tragedy sprouts when the case is in between parents and their children. They don’t spare even a bit they go on alleging what not things. They don’t care anything if by alleging in that way get what they wanted. They become a grave enemy and forget about their parent-child bond.
More stern tragedy is on the day the judgment is pronounced. Especially in criminal cases people uncontrollably release their stream of tears continuously when they hear ‘you are sentenced to life or some years’. In civil cases some party walk out with smile in their face while some with frowned face for lost of their case. But right to appeal within ten days serves as solace to their lost which gives some hope to win if they prefer to exercise this right.
One would surprise to see in the courts that some litigants are with casual dress which is actually not allowed in any circumstances. But these are no other than those detained criminals. They hide their hand cuff chain such a way that no body could locate. Unfortunately at the end they cannot hide who they are. Every body gives a glance at them the moment they saw them. For some criminals this stigma itself is a deterrence but for some criminals its nothing it’s just a routine for them. They don’t bother to face this stigma and get punishment escalated especially those habitual criminals.
In Bhutan except the king no one is above the law. So, all are subject to same procedures in the court which I found this thing quite interesting. The list for such sort of incidences in the court goes on and cannot have exhaustive list with every new case with new facts coming everyday. Let’s put my part end here.
I had a great time there though it was just a month long. For the first time I got to deal with people from all walks of life which I found it interesting as well as tiring.
Looking forward to do my coming internship in one of the courts only.

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