Case summary: Fejo v Northern Territory

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Nov, 2005
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The Larrakia people, whose country includes areas in and around Darwin, Palmerston and Litchfield in the Northern Territory, sought a declaration of native title in the Federal Court. The native title claim was over an area of land which was once granted in fee simple but had later reverted to vacant Crown land. On appeal, the High Court considered whether native title could still exist over land which was once granted in fee simple but later reverted to vacant Crown land. The High Court held that native title was extinguished by freehold grants and that the extinguishment was permanent.

Last reviewed: 26 Jul 2017