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NATIVE TITLE ACT 1993 - SECT 82

Federal Court's way of operating

Rules of evidence

             (1)  The Federal Court is bound by the rules of evidence, except to the extent that the Court otherwise orders.

Concerns of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders

             (2)  In conducting its proceedings, the Court may take account of the cultural and customary concerns of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders, but not so as to prejudice unduly any other party to the proceedings.

Maximising use of video links, audio links and other appropriate means of giving testimony, appearing and making submissions

             (3)  The Court or a Judge must exercise the discretion under section 47B of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 to allow a person to appear before the Court or Judge, or make a submission to the Court or Judge, by way of video link, audio link or other appropriate means if the Court or the Judge is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the conditions set out in section 47C in relation to the video link, audio link or other appropriate means are met; and

                     (b)  it is not contrary to the interests of justice to do so.



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