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Stanisic (Jovica) and Simatovic (Franko), The Prosecutor-v-
Bosnia War, Former Yugoslavia, Joint Enterprise, Mens Rea for Joint Criminal Enterprise Liability, Actus Reus for Aiding and Abetting, Positions and Authority, Knowledge, Training Camps, Manifestly Unreasonable Sentence, Radovan Karadzic, Republika Srpska, Bosanski Samac and Sanski Most, Zvornik, Doboj Sanski Most (1992), Trnovo
[2023] MICT-15-96-A
31 May 2023
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Barry -v- Ministry of Defence
Personal injuries, noise induced hearing loss, consequential losses sustained in the course of his service, negligence, liability admitted, quantum
[2023] EWHC 459 (KB)
3 March 2023
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Toney, R-v-
Policy, women in the Armed Forces, sexual harassment in the workplace, article 6, Findlay, appearance of bias, fair trial, senior officer, managerial responsibilities, delay, absence of direction not to research into the applicant, prior acquittal in 2021, serious prejudice, prior knowledge of the applicant, skiing event
[2023] EWCA Crim 201
2 February 2023
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Trewin, R-v-
Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Service Discipline, Battery, Disgraceful Conduct of an Indecent Kind, Legal Aid, Graduated Fee, Counsel's Fee, Fee taxation
[2023] EWHC 242 (SCCO)
16 January 2023
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Summers, R -v-
Disgraceful conduct of an indecent kind/battery/JNCO/young victim/Appeal against sentence/Detention threshold/Financial Loss
[2012] EWCA 2073
2 August 2012
[2012]- Indexed Casenote
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Benton and Joseph, R-v-
ABH, Actual Bodily Harm, conflicting witness accounts, summing up, clarification from the court of the basis of conviction, court martial tribunal was not a jury
[2000], Unreported
23rd February, 2000
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Martin (Alan James), R -v-
Appeal against sentence, Absence without Leave (AWOL), denial of request for adjournment, mitigation, compassionate circumstances, e domestic difficulties
[2007] EWCA Crim 3377
19th December 2007
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Buchanan and Falls, R-v-GOC 2 Div, The Army & Ano'r, ex p
Judicial review/Sentencing/time in arrest/reason for decision
[1998] (Summary)
14 October 1998
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Armstrong, R -v- Major Robert Michael Armstrong MC
Terminating Ruling, Scope of s.69 of the Army Act/s.19 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, Conduct to the Prejudice, Glock pistol, Ammunition, morphine auto-injector, classified material, substantive criminal offences, judge advocate unhappy with charges prosecutor preferred, Farquharson Guidelines, Judge's ruling, refusal to accept pleas, appropriate course for the judge to take, ECHR article 7, ignoring precedent, Dodman, legal certainty, recusal of judge
[2012] EWCA Crim 83
1 February 2012
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