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  1. 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

  2. Low v Chief of Navy [2011] ADFDAT 3

    MILITARY LAW - whether Court Martial could be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt offence had occurred - whether conviction unsafe or unsatisfactory - whether substantial miscarriage of justice had occurred - refusal of application to sever pleas - unfairness - warning about credibility of complainant's evidence

    21 Nov 2011 TRACEY, WHITE & MILDREN JJ

  3. Green v Chief of Army [2011] ADFDAT 2

    CRIMINAL LAW - charge of obtaining financial advantage through false or misleading statement - in connection with an allowance- no mistaken belief as to possessory or proprietary right - defence of right open to applicant EVIDENCE - unsafe and unsatisfactory conviction alleged - new evidence - not admitted - ground not made out

    22 Jun 2011 TRACEY J - PRESIDENT, WHITE JA - DEPUTY PRESIDENT & DUGGAN J – MEMBER

  4. Davis v Chief of Army [2011] ADFDAT 1

    CRIMINAL LAW - consensual fight between appellant and victim - appellant charged with assault - whether victim's consent can be relied upon as a defence - absence of consent is not an element of assault as defined by statute - consent may not be relied upon as defence to assault

    22 Feb 2011 TRACEY J (PRESIDENT), WHITE JA (DEPUTY PRESIDENT) AND MILDREN J (MEMBER)

  5. Parker v Chief of Air Force [2010] ADFDAT 2

    EVIDENCE – admissibility of interview with police - conducted while appellant intoxicated – no caution administered - discretion to exclude illegally obtained evidence CRIMINAL LAW - reasonable hypothesis consistent with innocence open on evidence – unreasonable or unsafe and unsatisfactory conviction recorded – defence of sudden or extraordinary…

    29 Nov 2010 TRACEY J (PRESIDENT), WHITE JA (DEPUTY PRESIDENT) AND DUGGAN J (MEMBER)

  6. Watson v Chief of Army [2010] ADFDAT 3

    DEFENCE AND WAR – communication of document from Appellant to defending officer – communication confidential – obtained as result of impropriety – not properly admitted

    11 Oct 2010 TRACEY J - PRESIDENT, WHITE JA - DEPUTY PRESIDENT & MILDREN J - MEMBER

  7. Flynn v Chief of Army [2010] ADFDAT 1

    DEFENCE AND WAR – appeal against service conviction by General Court Martial on ground that conviction unsafe or unsatisfactory – defences of involuntary intoxication and honest and reasonable mistake pursuant to Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) clearly raised by the evidence – only defence of honest and reasonable mistake raised at trial - submissions…

    11 Jun 2010 TRACEY J (PRESIDENT), WHITE J (DEPUTY PRESIDENT) & MILDREN J (MEMBER)

  8. Carmichael v Chief of Navy [2009] ADFDAT 3

    PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE – application for an extension of time within which to appeal against conviction – consideration of matters relevant to the exercise of the discretion to grant an extension of time within which to appeal – consideration of how the discretion granted by s 21(b) of the Defence Force Discipline Appeals Act 1955 (Cth) should be…

    18 May 2009 TRACEY J (PRESIDENT), MILDREN J (MEMBER) AND DUGGAN J (MEMBER)

  9. Pook v Chief of Army [2009] ADFDAT 1

    DEFENCE – appeal from Australian Military Court – Corporal convicted of reckless threat to kill another corporal – defence that act was a threat of self-harm rather than threat to kill another – whether Military Judge failed to identify inconsistent statements and to direct as to use of consistent statements – whether error in regard to…

    13 Feb 2009 HEEREY J (PRESIDENT), WHITE J (DEPUTY PRESIDENT) AND DUGGAN J (MEMBER)

  10. Stapleton v Chief of Army [2009] ADFDAT 2

    DEFENCE – appeal from Australian Military Court – corporal convicted of breach of general orders prohibiting “fraternisation” by making inappropriate sexual advances toward recruit – sentence of reduction in rank to private – whether failure by prosecution to call a witness resulted in material irregularity or substantial miscarriage of justice –…

    13 Feb 2009 HEEREY J (PRESIDENT), WHITE J (DEPUTY PRESIDENT) AND DUGGAN J (MEMBER)

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