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Legal System

Nauru’s legal system is based on English Common Law and acts passed by the Nauru Parliament. Full recognition of Nauru customary law is acknowledged in the Custom and Adopted Laws Act of 1971. Magistrates preside over both the District Court which hears civil and criminal cases, acting as the coroner, and the Family Court. The Chief Justice heads the Supreme Court which has original and appellate jurisdiction. The final court of appeal in the Nauru justice system is the Australian High Court. In addition, there is a Public Service Appeal Board and the Police Appeal Board which are presided over by the Chief Justice along with another judge.