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Name Reference 
Edwards & Others, R-v-
Fair Trial;Charter of Rights — Independent and impartial tribunal — Courts martial — Military judges — Whether military status of military judges violates constitutional guarantee of judicial independence and impartiality to which persons tried before courts martial are entitled — Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s. 11(d) — National Defence Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. N-5, ss. 165.21, 165.24(2); no reference to ECHR jurisprudent on cases of Findlay, Skuse, Grieves or Dundon
[2024] SCC 15
April 26, 2024
Supreme Court of Canada
[CMAC Decision]
[Case Summary Page]
Edwards -v- Ministry of Defence
Employment Tribunal, jurisdiction, racial discrimination, harassment related to sex and victimisation, requirement to make a service complaint prior to employment tribunal, Article 6 ECHR, fair hearing, fair trial, unit Equality and Diversity Advisor (EDA)
[2024] EAT 18
5 March 2024
[Case Summary Page]
Philips, Graham William Phillips-v-FCDO
Journalist; journalism; free speech; Ukraine: Russia; Sputnik; Russia Today; propaganda war; Disinformation; Banning Russian media; reports favourable to Russia; article 8; freeze assets; The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019; financial sanctions; Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018; sanctions on free speech; Unilateral Military Intervention; Donetsk; Luhansk; Kherson; Zaporizhzhia; threat to the United Kingdom's national security; art 20 of ICCPR; genocide in the Donbas; Aiden Aslin; Geneva Conventions; Prisoners of War; PoW; political dissent; social media; Human Rights Act 1998; ECHR; interference prescribed by law; Dimitrii Kiselev
[2024] EWHC 32 (Admin)
12 January 2024
[Case Summary Page]
Coupland (Barry James, ex.p.) R-v-, The Admiralty Board of the Defence Council,
Employment, Redress of Grievance, investigation, fairness, Certiorari
[1998] CO/714/97
21st July 1998
[Case Summary Page]
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
[Case Summary Page]
Simm & Tennet, R -v-
Appeal Against Sentence, Initiation Ceremony, Mistreatment of a subordinate, bullying, depravity and humiliation
[2016] EWHC 2034 (QB)
[Case Summary Page]
Anderson: R-v- Army Board of the Defence Council, ex parte Anderson
Employment/Redress of Grievance/Proper Approach
[1992] 1 QB 169 : [1991] 3 WLR 42 :
[1991] 3 All ER 375 : [1991] ICR 537
[Case Summary Page]
Eydmann and others , R -v-
Trial/prosecution/abuse of process
General Court Martial
Ruling on Abuse of Process
June 29th 2007
[Case Summary Page]
Multiple Claimants v Ministry of Defence
Armed forces/Combat immunity - Scope - Crown Proceedings Act 1947, s 10
[2003] EWHC 1134 (QB)
[Case Summary Page]

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