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Under the Majlis Adat Istiadat Ordinance 1977 the statutory functions are as follows:-

(a) to advise the Yang di-Pertua Negeri and the Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri on all matters relating to the native system of personal law and adat of the Natives in Sarawak;

(b) to review from time to time the customary laws of the natives and make recommendations to the Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri relating to their application, codification, publication and enforcement;

(c) to recommend to the Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri on the deletion or abolition of any adat the practice whereof is, in the opinion of the Majlis, detrimental to the progress of any native community or if the adat is found to be inconsistent with any other State law;

(d) to explain and promote better understanding and appreciation of the adat, cultures, traditions and history of the various native communities in Sarawak;

(e) to maintain and keep records, publications and other documents containing customary laws and adat of the natives;

(f) to promote research and study into the customary laws and adat of the natives;

(g) to perform such other functions and duties as may be vested or conferred by any  other  written laws on the Majlis; and

(h) to carry out and perform such other functions and duties as the Yang di-PertuaNegeri may, by notification in the Gazette, direct.

Beside the above primary roles and functions Majlis Adat Istiadat Sarawak is also  responsible to approve and authorize the conduct of studies and research by interest groups and institutions relating to the native customary laws and adat.