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  1. Thompson v Chief of Navy [2015] ADFDAT 1

    DEFENCE - whether convictions recorded following pleas of guilty should be quashed - whether plea bargain based on incorrect construction of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 (Cth) resulted in miscarriage of justice

    22 May 2015 TRACEY (PRESIDENT), BYRNE (DEPUTY PRESIDENT) AND LOGAN JJ

  2. McLaren v Chief of Navy [2013] ADFDAT 5

    DEFENCE FORCE - appeal from Restricted Court Martial against convictions for committing an act of indecency - circumstantial evidence - whether Judge Advocate erred in failing to give proper direction - admissibility of evidence based on inference drawn by witness from observed facts - whether substantial miscarriage of justice - meaning of…

    29 Nov 2013 TRACEY J (PRESIDENT), LOGAN AND BRERETON JJ (MEMBERS) JJ

  3. Leith v Chief of Army [2013] ADFDAT 4

    DEFENCE - convictions relating to theft of ammunitions and disobedience of lawful command - whether Judge Advocate erred in admitting evidence - consideration of "special circumstances" under s 101JA(3) of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 ("the DFDA") - balancing the interests of justice - double jeopardy - whether the Judge Advocate erred in …

    20 Aug 2013 TRACEY, COWDROY & LOGAN JJ

  4. King v Chief of Navy [2013] ADFDAT 3

    DEFENCE - Convictions relating to receipt of rental and other allowances - whether Judge Advocate erred in direction to panel about whether appellant and his wife "normally lived together" for purposes of relevant Defence Determination - whether verdicts entered against appellant inconsistent with other verdicts of acquittal - whether Judge…

    28 May 2013 TRACEY J – PRESIDENT, COWDROY AND LOGAN JJ – MEMBERS

  5. Ferdinands v Chief of Army [2013] ADFDAT 2

    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - application for extension of time within which to seek leave to appeal from order of Defence Force Magistrate - whether relief sought able to be granted by Tribunal in its original jurisdiction - whether matter should be referred to Federal Court of Australia where breach of Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) alleged -…

    21 Mar 2013 TRACEY J, WHITE JA, COWDROY J

  6. Yewsang v Chief of Army [2013] ADFDAT 1

    DEFENCE - Convictions relating to claims for reunion travel - whether Defence Force Magistrate incorrectly found that witness not confronted with certain allegation directly in cross examination - whether inadequate reasons given for accepting evidence-in-chief in preference to evidence given in cross examination - whether Defence Force Magistrate …

    21 Mar 2013 TRACEY, WHITE AND LOGAN JJ

  7. King v Chief of Army [2012] ADFDAT 4

    DEFENCE - charges of disobeying lawful command, prejudicial conduct and giving false evidence - whether direction of an Assistant Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force was a lawful order - whether charges could be preferred under s 60 of the Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 when conduct proscribed by specific offence in Defence Force…

    28 Sep 2012 TRACEY J - PRESIDENT, MILDREN J - MEMBER & COWDROY J - MEMBER

  8. Bateson v Chief of Army [2012] ADFDAT 3

    DEFENCE AND WAR - appeal - charges of insubordination - grounds - convictions unreasonable and cannot be supported with regard to the evidence - wrong decisions on questions of law made - material irregularity - convictions unsafe and unsatisfactory - found - no material error in conduct of trial - no error in taking into account uncharged acts -…

    25 May 2012 TRACEY J – PRESIDENT, WHITE JA – DEPUTY PRESIDENT & LOGAN J – MEMBER

  9. Jones v Chief of Navy [2012] ADFDAT 2

    DEFENCE AND WAR - charges of indecency - seven counts of indecency found by General Court Martial -appeal - grounds - prosecutor's final address at trial prejudicial - direction made by Judge Advocate to jury - any prejudice to appellant negatived - grounds not made out - ruling made by Judge Advocate on objections to charge sheet - provision…

    22 May 2012 TRACEY J – PRESIDENT, WHITE JA – DEPUTY PRESIDENT & MILDREN J - MEMBER

  10. Li v Chief of Army [2012] ADFDAT 1

    MILITARY LAW - leave to appeal sought - granted - Restricted Court Martial - charges - creating a disturbance by causing a confrontation - service offence - whether charge not known in law - not a service charge - not capable of founding jurisdiction - ground failed - whether conviction bad for duplicity - series of acts may constitute course of…

    16 Mar 2012 TRACEY J - PRESIDENT, WHITE JA - DEPUTY PRESIDENT & COWDROY J - MEMBER

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