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For links to off-site caselaw resources, visit the links page. This page contains information about the Aspals Case database. The Aspals Case Updater is one of the most comprehensive collections of legal decisions impacting the UK military system. The cases listed in the database now include important Human Rights cases from home and abroad, thought to be of interest to practitioners and researchers, together with a number of first instance cases which are not officially reported. Below is a selection of interesting cases, extracted from the more extensive database. Sensitive cases are available only in the Subscribers' Database. To meet the increasing costs of running the site it was necessary to restrict access to the full database of indexed cases and useful documents (for which a subscription is required) via the adjacent search button. While links to free resources are maintained, the BAILII.org site seldom reports military cases and some of the older decisions are now disappearing altogether from access.

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Selection of Reported Cases

Name Reference 
Sharples, R-v-
Appeal out of time (27 years), pre-2006 Act, pre-Findlay, theft, false accounting, fraud, conduct to the prejudice, Fair Trial, article 6, impartial tribunal, appearance of bias
[2022] EWCA Crim 659
6th May 2022
[Case Summary Page]
Rhodes,  R -v-
AWOL, absence without leave, sentence, dismissal from HM Forces
 [2012] EWCA Crim 2703
7 November 2012
[Case Summary Page]
Brown (Kirsty Elizabeth), R -v-
Absence without Leave (AWOL), Disobedience to a lawful command, Court Martial, charges based on same facts, Terminating Ruling, Appeal, Joinder
[2007] All ER (D) 352
23 October 2007
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Thomas, R-v-Thomas (Craig)
Royal Navy, Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm, ABH, self-defence, self defence, Board failed to take into account various elements of the evidence, Category 1 offence
[2017] EWCA Crim 545
CMAC, 22nd March 2017
[Case Summary Page]
Gray, R -v- Anthony Gray
Fraud, Boarding School Allowance, Summing-Up, Direction, State of mind
Application for Leave
Appeal Hearing
[Case Summary Page]
M, R-v-
Indecency with a child, Trial, Jury Deliberations, pressure to reach a verdict, no reason to distinguish between the members of a jury, and members of a court-martial board
[2004] EWCA Crim 1665
2 July 2004

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Kitchen (Julian), R -v-
Appeal against sentence/assault/grievous bodily harm/plea of guilty
[2010] EWCA Crim 2462
14 October 2010
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