Full Court Minute Books

Case S162/2013

Li v. Chief of Army

Case No.


Case Information

Lower Court Judgment

26/02/2013 Federal Court of Australia (Keane CJ, Dowsett J, Logan J, Jagot J, Yates J)

[2013] FCAFC 20


Criminal law – Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 (Cth) (“the Act”) – Restricted Court Martial – Appellant convicted of creating a disturbance under s 33(b) of the Act – Proper construction of s 33(b) – Whether offence under s 33(b) requires proof that the accused intended to create a disturbance – Whether Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code (Cth) permits fault element of an offence to be framed by reference to terms and particulars of charge rather than terms of section creating offence – Whether offence under s 33(b) requires an element of actual violence.

Words and phrases – “Creates a disturbance”.

Short Particulars


16/08/2013 Hearing (SLA, Sydney)

29/08/2013 Notice of appeal

20/09/2013 Written submissions (Appellant)

20/09/2013 Chronology (Appellant)

11/10/2013 Written submissions (Respondent)

23/10/2013 Reply

31/10/2013 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

27/11/2013 Judgment  (Judgment summary)