CRIMES ACT 1914
In determining the sentence to be passed, or the order to be made, in relation to any person for an offence against a law of the Northern Territory, a court must not take into account any form of customary law or cultural practice as a reason for:
(a) excusing, justifying, authorising, requiring or lessening the seriousness of the criminal behaviour to which the offence relates; or
(b) aggravating the seriousness of the criminal behaviour to which the offence relates. (2)
Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to an offence against the following:
(a) sections 33, 34 and 35 of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Sacred Sites Act of the Northern Territory;
(b) paragraph 33(a) of the Heritage Conservation Act of the Northern Territory;
(c) section 4 of the Aboriginal Land Act of the Northern Territory;
(d) sections 111, 112 and 113 of the Heritage Act of the Northern Territory;
(e) any other law prescribed by the regulations that relates to:
(i) entering, remaining on or damaging cultural heritage; or
(ii) damaging or removing a cultural heritage object.
In subsection (1):
(a) any conduct, omission to act, circumstance or result that is, or forms part of, a physical element of the offence in question; and
(b) any fault element relating to such a physical element.
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