Request you to introduce yourself to our readers?
I am Amit Waray. I have been practising at High Court and the District Court of Pune and Nasik for the last 16 years. Currently, I reside in Nasik, Maharashtra.
What interested you in taking up Law as a profession?
I have had a keen passion for Law, and its working since childhood and some personal legal matters at home led me to take up Law as a profession and develop an interest in the same.
How was your law school life?
I pursued my LLB degree from N. B. T Law College, Nasik. Law school life consisted of spending time majorly studying as well as equal enjoyment. During my college days, we did not have access to the internet like current times. Therefore, library studies have also been a memorable and vital aspect of law school memories. I recall spending time in the library, reading books, and researching case-laws. Moreover, we had group discussions as well as moot courts, which would keep us engaged too.
What were the activities and internships you pursued in college?
As a part of the class curriculum, as I mentioned, we had interactive group discussions, debates, and moots ongoing throughout the year. I have interned at the District Court of Nasik under the guidance of Senior Advocates. Civil matters have always been a topic of interest to me, and I have interned for the same.
Please walk us through your professional life after graduation.
In the beginning, one cannot have high expectations. After graduation, the journey always begins with working as a junior under a lawyer if you choose to practice in court, as in my case. There are difficult times and struggles, but that is how one learns and grows in the law field. In my opinion, a minimum of 5 years of experience as a junior makes a person capable of working by themself in the future and deciding the area of interest between civil and criminal laws.
The two major things that play an important role in becoming successful are the right guidance and individual talent. The junior-ship includes staying up all day at the lawyer's office studying and doing minor work under the senior. As one learns in these years, he develops skills to start his own practice.
How does the current COVID-19 situation affect your practice?
The court cases have resumed with the help of video conferencing in these difficult times, and specific cases of importance have been taken up the court. The Judiciary has been adapting to new technology, and that is a wise and good thing in these times, although it isn't the same as normal working because loopholes and technical difficulties, as well as pendency of cases concerns, still stay.
What are your comments on "virtual courts- courtroom of the future"?
The court is a matter of perception, and all parties must be present in the court for a fair hearing. In the current times, there have been practical problems in the virtual courts. Moreover, many technical issues are faced, which hampers the satisfactory working of a court.
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