Aspals is the only web site in the UK that provides free case summaries, free articles and publication summaries and a free fully searchable database of British military caselaw, international cases and legal articles. For those who wish access to full reports in our database of caselaw this is now possible through the subscription service. Consequently, there are two types of subscription, each lasting 12 months:
Full: granting access to the cases, documents and Military Justice Handbook (and all updates), or
Military Justice Handbook only (on-line and downloadable, including all updates)
Why should I subscribe?
Whether you are a seasoned court martial practitioner or new to the esoteric world of Service law and military trials, you want to be able to access the materials you need quickly, wherever you are. You will want to be aware of not just the relevant law and procedure, but also commonly used terminology and the rank structure of the 3 Services. For less than the price of a cup of coffee a fortnight, you can find most of what you need on the Aspals site. Why be bogged down with heavy books and case reports? While there are other options available, this inexpensive service is aimed specifically at court martial practitioners and those interested in the Service justice system. Without doubt, this is the smart way to stay informed about the Service justice system.
Benefits of Subscription:
Wherever you are in the world, in addition to accessing the open content on the Aspals site, you will be able to,
access indexed* case law reports from our on-line database, all in pdf format and accessible on — and, subject to relevant proprietary software, printable from — your PC, laptop or smartphone, linking directly to many other caselaw reports that are referenced from within;
access to and download to your PC, smartphone or Kindle, the fully searchable Military Justice Handbook in a format of your choosing;
Access the repository of historic articles in the documents folder.
Alternatively, you may already have access to a web-based case resource and therefore may only want to take out a subscription to the Military Justice Handbook. If that is the case, please follow [this link]. You should be aware that some of the older decisions on the Aspals web site may not be traceable on other on-line resources.
The Handbook is kept updated on-line so, with a subscription, you are always sure to have the most current information available on the military justice system, when you need it.
How do I access my Subscription?
Cases are accessed through the caselaw page, or by following the relevant link from the search pages. To access a case report, or visit any of the caselaw pages, you will be prompted for your username and password once you click on a case name or a case page link. This will set a session cookie on your device which will allow you to visit other case pages without having to re-enter your user details each time. Once you close down your browser, the session cookie will be deleted. Sometimes, depending on your browser settings, you may be requested to re-enter your details (this sometimes happens if you switch between the case database and the on-line Military Justice Handbook). If that is the case, your Username and Password are the same. Just enter the details again.
For files available for access, you will see that there are usually two links: one is in the heading to the case, usually the citation number, and the other is a flashing "indexed file" button. The link you should use is the citation. If you click on the button, it will take you to the PayPal portal where you can purchase the file. These buttons will be gradually removed from the subscriber content and moved into the searchable database, so that those who do not wish to subscribe but who, nonetheless, need access to a particular case can purchase it. Unfortunately, if you proceed to purchase an indexed file, through the button link, the payment will not be reimbursed. This is because of the low fee of each indexed file, which would be extinguished by the cost of transaction fees involved in processing a return.
Members who wish to access the documents folder should do so via the links listed on the menu document: [documents]
To access the Military Justice Handbook, you will need to visit the special page for MJH subscribers, which can be found [here]. It is a good idea to bookmark that page for ease of future reference.
What does it cost?
An annual subscription to the full service (caselaw database and Military Justice Handbook) costs £75 - less than the price of a fortnightly cup of your favourite coffee! Once you have passed through the payment process, you will be issued with a Username and Password. It can take up to 48 hours for your username and password to be allocated, as we process each subscription manually, in order to reduce costs. However, your subscription only starts from the date your Username and Password are sent to you. Not before. So you benefit from a full 12 months. Payment is through PayPal and can be by credit card or a Paypal account.
Subscription just to the on–line and downloadable Military Justice Handbook costs £22. This can be obtained [here]. For the time being, all electronic available formats may be accessed for the one fee. So you can have the MJH on your iPad, Kindle, iPhone or Android, and your PC. Of course, you can also access the html and pdf versions over the internet. Please note, this form of subscription will not permit access to online cases in the caselaw database. For that you will need to have the full subscription.
Subscriptions are for 12 months ("the subscription period") and will lapse at the end of that period, unless renewed.
Subscription is personal and only for the individual whose details are registered (referred to as "a subscriber") with Aspals. The Password and Username issued to a subscriber must not be used by others without the prior permission of Aspals. In the event of a breach of this condition, Aspals reserves the right to terminate forthwith the remaining period of the subscription and, if necessary, to refuse to renew or issue a subscription.
At the end of the subscription period, copies of the last downloaded version of the Military Justice Handbook and any indexed case may be retained by the subscriber.
Aspals has no control over the up-time of Internet Service Providers. In the unlikely event that you are unable to access the service, Aspals is not liable for any inability to access the web site or any of its content. So, use of the subscription service inherently acknowledges that Aspals will not be in breach of its contract with you. All the same, Aspals will do all possible to ensure that full access is restored soonest.
Similarly, Aspals cannot guarantee that links to other websites will function. Due to the dynamic nature of the internet, links may change, or be removed, by websites. This is beyond the control of Aspals. Therefore, no responsibility is accepted for any inability to access content on linked sites. If it is a case being sourced from a linked website which is unavailable, try the Aspals case database (use the appropriate search button) to see if it is available there.
Subscribers are not authorised to alter any document downloaded from the Aspals web site.
Access to the Cases database is provided as part of the subscription service. However, if a subscriber purchases an indexed file, through the "indexed file" button link, the payment will not be reimbursed. This is because of the low price of each indexed file, which would be extinguished by the cost of administration and transaction fees involved in processing a return. These buttons are being removed from the subscription database, but will remain on the search results, to enable non-subscribers to purchase individual cases.
Personal details provided to Aspals for the purpose of purchasing an indexed file, or a subscription, or a copy of the Military Justice Handbook, will remain private and will not be passed to any third party other than those necessary to complete the payment transaction (eg PayPal or credit card companies), or to law enforcement bodies on production of a proper authorisation.
Any dispute over the the service provided, or these terms and conditions, shall be settled by arbitration. The decision of the arbitrator shall be final.
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