Marita joined Crown Law in 2015, having previously worked as a Senior Legal Officer for Cape York Land Council Aboriginal Corporation for many years.
During her time at Cape York Land Council, Marita assisted Traditional Owner groups such as the Kaurareg People in the Torres Strait and the Eastern Kuku Yalanji People on the east coast of Cape York to obtain recognition of their native title rights and interests, and to reach agreements about how their traditional lands would be held and managed. She also provided advice and representation in Aboriginal Land Act claims and transfers, and on a range of other matters affecting Cape York Traditional Owner groups including legislative amendment.
In her role at Crown Law with the Native Title Claims and Agreements Team, Marita is focused on providing specialist advice in relation to native title determination applications and the negotiation and drafting of Indigenous Land Use Agreements. She has carriage of a number of native title determination applications in the Federal Court on behalf of the State.
- Advising clients on a range of issues in relation to native title claims and agreements, and negotiating on their behalf with other stakeholders
- drafting consent determinations and related ILUAs and other documents, including as part of Federal Court native title litigation
- regular appearances in the Federal Court on behalf of clients
- successfully concluded matters while representing the State including the negotiation of consent determinations for the Bar Barrum People, Gudjala People, Gulngay People, Nywaigi People and Yuwibara People
- establishing and assisting corporate entities for land and native title holding purposes
- providing post-determination advice and assistance to clients
- preparing submissions and position papers on a range of legislative and policy issues.