Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Aboriginal Customary Law: Report on Aboriginal Customary Law


The Committee was required to inquire into the strength of Aboriginal customary law in the Northern Territory and to make recommendations as to what extent Aboriginal customary law might achieve formal or informal recognition within the Northern Territory. This report discusses the unique position of the Northern Territory with respect to Aboriginal customary law, describes the Committee’s general approach to the terms of reference, and presents 12 recommendations. These include recommendations that the Government should adopt a whole of government approach to the recognition of traditional law; Aboriginal communities should be assisted to develop law and justice plans which appropriately incorporate customary law; judicial and court officers should receive cross cultural training in Aboriginal affairs; a model allowing for community input into the sentencing of Aboriginal offenders should be adopted; and Aboriginal participation in the justice system should be increased.

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