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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 
Hayes, R-v- Mikayla Hayes
US Service woman, RAF Lakenheath, Causing death by careless driving, driving to her home, on duty or off duty, NATO SOFA, Visiting Forces Act, in the course of duty as a member of that force or component, Status of Forces, domestic jurisdiction
[2022] Westminster Magistrates' Court
11 November 2022
Free Access
[Case Summary Page]
Keddie, R-v- Mark Keddie
Warrant officer second class, Under sentence for forgery, Escape from service custody, former service person, COVID restrictions, in quarantine, self-isolation period, attended via remote link, private home is not service custody, Defence sought a legal ruling under rule 49(2) AF(CM(R) 2009, a defendant absenting himself from a courtroom did not escape, time spent not in lawful custody to count towards a sentence of detention
[2022] Bulford CM Centre
22 July 2012
See trial
[Case Summary Page]
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]
Buchan, R-v-
Careless Driving/Time limits for prosecution/s. 127 Magistrates Courts Act 1952
DCM, 28th June 2006
[Case Summary Page]
Elliott, R v
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm (abh), self defence, failing to mention material fact in interview under caution, silence in interview, adverse inference
[2002] EWCA Crim 931
24th April 2002
[2002] EWCA Crim 931
24th April 2002
[Case Summary Page]
Baines-v-Army Prosecuting Authority
Summary Dealing/Case Stated/Human Rights/Art.6/Fair Hearing/independence/waiver
[2005] EWHC (Admin) QBD
12 July 2005
Indexed File
[Case Summary Page]
Long, The Queen on the application of Long-v- Secretary of State for Defence
Negligence, army, forces, services, European Convention on Human Rights, ECHR, combat immunity, death of RMP, Royal Military Police, Duty to Investigate
[2014] EWHC 2391 (Admin)
Court Of Appeal (Civ)

14 July 2014
Administrative Court
[Case Summary Page]
Gray, R -v- Anthony Gray
Fraud, Boarding School Allowance, Summing-Up, Direction, State of mind
[2012] EWCA Crim 252
2 February 2012
Application for Leave
[Case Summary Page]
Application for Leave
Full Appeal Hearing
Piotrowski, R -v-
Appeal against sentence/handling stolen goods/possession of prohibited weapon/firearm
[2006] EWCA Crim 2934
CMAC, 7 November 2006
[Case Summary Page]


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