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Researcher: Plater, DJ (Dr David Plater)

Fields of Research

Criminal law
Public law
Legal institutions (incl. courts and justice systems)
Constitutional law
Family law
Law and society and socio-legal research
Courts and sentencing

Research Objectives

Justice and the law
Criminal justice
Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
Families and family services
Other law, politics and community services
Legal processes

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

'Assuredly there never was murder more foul and more unnatural'? Poisoning, women and murder in 19th century Australia; Canterbury Law Review
'Innocent Victim of Circumstance' or 'A Very Devil Incarnate'? The Trial and Execution of Elizabeth Woolcock in South Australia in 1873; Flinders Law Journal
'The prisoners could not have that fair and impartial trial which justice demands': a fair criminal trial in 19th century Australia; Canterbury Law Review
All that’s good and virtuous or depraved and abandoned in the extreme’? Capital punishment and mercy for female offenders in colonial Australia, 1824 to 1865; University of Tasmania Law Review
An issue that is not going away: recent developments in surrogacy in South Australia; Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Balancing fairness to victims, society and defendants in the cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses: an impossible triangulation?; Melbourne University Law Review
Bushrangers, the Exercise of Mercy and the 'Last Penalty of the Law' in New South Wales and Tasmania 1824-1856; University of Tasmania Law Review
Derivative liability and South Australia's new firearms law: 'Inherently dangerous' or the 'best gun laws in the country'; Criminal Law Journal
Has the 'Silver Thread' of the criminal law lost its lustre? The modern prosecutor as a Minister of Justice; University of Tasmania Law Review
Is the 'Golden Rule' of full prosecution disclosure a modern 'Mission Impossible'?; Flinders Law Journal
Non-Fatal Offences against the Person; South Australian Criminal Law: Review and Critique
Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person; South Australian Criminal Law and Procedure
Police prosecutors and Ex Parte Public Interest Immunity Claims: the Use of Special Advocates in Australia; University of Tasmania Law Review
Pre-trial defence disclosure in South Australian criminal proceedings: time for change?; Adelaide Law Review
Setting the boundaries of acceptable behaviour? South Australia's latest legislative response to revenge pornography; UNISA Student Law Review
South Australian Criminal Law and Procedure; Lexis Nexis Butterworths
Suppliers of illegal firearms responsible for their future use; Alternative Law Journal
The development and application in nineteenth century Australia of the prosecutor's role as a minister of justice: rhetoric or reality?; University of Tasmania Law Review
The Development of the Prosecutor's Role in England and Australia with Respect to its Duty of Disclosure: Partisan Advocate or Minister of Justice?; University of Tasmania Law Review
The Schleswig-Holstein question of the Criminal Law finally resolved? An examination of South Australia's new approach to the Use of Bad Character Evidence in Criminal Proceedings; Flinders Law Journal

Research Projects

Gauging informed public opinion on sentencing sex offenders: a national study; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision