INTERVIEW WITH Mr. RITESH, SENIOR ADVOCATE, DELHI HIGH COURT
Request you to introduce yourself to our readers? I am Advocate Ritesh, practicing in the Delhi High Court and the various district courts over Delhi. I usually deal in criminal matters; family law matters and civil matters. I also file petitions in the Delhi High court over the recent and significant issues that need to be addressed properly. What interested you in taking up Law as a profession? Being a science student, I had a passion to explore more and learn more. Law has provided me the impetus to learn more and grow more each and every day. It has become my lifeline and clearly defines me. How was your law school life? The law school life has shaped me and made me what I am today. Law school life, though tedious and demanding than many of the other professional courses is equally rewarding and it prepares you to the rough law life that one is going to face in the future. The debates and the discussion have become my part of routine and it has clearly polished my life. What were the activities and internships you pursued in college? I thoroughly enjoyed debating and seminars. Though in my time mooting was not an inherent part of the law school that it is now in the present day but I wish I had mooting at that time as well. I interned under many of the district court lawyers and High court lawyers to get the hang of the law and the procedure and functioning of the courts. Please walk us through your professional life after graduation. After my graduation I learnt court craft and techniques from my seniors and court proceedings. I then started my own practice at High Court of Delhi and other district courts. Earlier years are quite tough for an independent practitioner as can be understood from my experience as well. But as a person gets accustomed to the hard work and the daily schedules, he tends to get success in this field. How do you describe your year-long litigation experience? The litigation practice is the most rewarding part of the entire law career. The person gets learns a lot from the mistakes. From the confusions that begin from filing the documents in the beginning to the completion of documents and arguments on time, the law practice has surely instilled a sense of discipline in me. Along with that as I dealt with many laws and many cases, my spectrum of knowledge widened. The plethora of experience that one gains prepares oneself for the greater battles and the daily cases that a person faces.
How much significance does CGPA hold concerning practicing in court, going for LLM, and going for judicial services?
As far as I am concerned, percentage that candidate secures cannot define him through his career. It is the ardent devotion to the practice that helps the person to achieve success in life. Though the same does not apply to the corporate practice as the person has to show his grades for the authorities to trust him. Judicial Services too do not require grades to be the basis for the selection and only depend on the merit of the candidate and the preparation he has regarding to that.
How does the current COVID-19 situation affect your practice?
This unprecedented crisis surely has affected the practice in unforeseeable ways. The courts closed down with the lockdown. The initial months were problematic but then as the mechanism of virtual courts became clearer, the mechanism began to ease. The courts have now started to take the normal matters as well and the practice is also moving towards normalcy. I have dealt with the family matters and bail matters and argued many cases before the court.
What are your comments on “virtual courts- courtroom of the future?”
Virtual courts have become the new normal for all of us and from the present situation this can be clearly inferred that the situation isn’t going to be normal for a long period of time. Therefore, we all are trying to get our hands better at this technology and are also taking more and more cases as the days are progressing. But the fact is for sure that the virtual courtrooms cannot equate to the actual court room hearings and pleadings for the fact that the rush one gets, the hard work one faces prepares for the more challenging situations of the future. Unfortunately, the virtual courtroom system according to me can only be a substitute and can never replace the actual hearing.