David Plater

Dr David Plater

Deputy Director - SA Law Reform Institute

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions


Dr David Plater is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide Law School and is Deputy Director of the South Australian Law Reform Institute (SALRI). He teaches the Law Reform elective that supports the work of SALRI as well as Criminal Law, Evidence and Advocacy. David has extensive practical experience in criminal law and procedure. He worked as a Senior Crown Prosecutor at the Youth and Inner London Crown Court branch of the Crown Prosecution Service. He has also worked with the State DPP in South Australia and until 2018 with Legislation and Legal Policy at the Attorney-General's Department on law reform and new legislation. He is admitted as a legal practitioner in England, the Republic of Ireland, Tasmania and South Australia. David has previously lectured at the University of South Australia and the University of Tasmania (where he is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer).

In 2013, David was part of a national team of researchers led by Professor Kate Warner of the University of Tasmania who were awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage grant of $252,124 to conduct an ongoing national jury study aimed at gauging informed public opinion on sentencing for sex offences.

David's PhD from the University of Tasmania examined the historical development and modern application of the role of the prosecutor as a 'minister of justice'.

His research interests include:

Prosecution Role and Discretion
Position and Experiences of Witnesses and Victims in Criminal Justice System
Sentencing of Sexual Offenders
Prerogative of Mercy and Exercise of Death Penalty in 19th Century
Gender and Crime in 19th Century

In 2013, Dr David Plater was part of a national team of researchers led by Professor Kate Warner of the University of Tasmania who were awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage grant of $252,124 to conduct an ongoing national study aimed at gauging informed public opinion on sentencing for sex offences by surveying the views of jurors in sex offence trials in all higher courts in Australia.

On 18 January 2017, Dr David Plater was part of a multidisciplinary researchers led by David Caruso based at the University of Adelaide who were awarded a grant of $93,000 by the South Australian Law Foundation to examine the role and effect of the new entitlement to communication assistance for vulnerable parties in the South Australian higher courts. David Plater is now the Chief Investigator on this project. 

On 13 November 2018, Dr David Plater was awarded $8737 by the University of Tasmania as a 2019 Visting Scholar to visit Hobart and progress joint research and law reform projects between the South Australian Law Reform Institute and the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute based at the University of Tasmania Law School.  

On 27 May 2019, Dr David Plater with Professor John Williams, Dr Sylvia Villios and Associate Professor Bernadette Richards were awarded a grant of $60,000 by the South Australian Law Foundation to examine the role and operation of powers of attorney in South Australia and make suggestions for law reform.  

Criminal Law

Evidence

Advocacy 

Sentencing 

Law Reform

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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Board Member Australian and New Zealand Legal History Association
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2009 - ongoing Mentor Law Society Indigenous Law Student Mentor Scheme Australia
  • Position: Deputy Director - SA Law Reform Institute
  • Phone: 83130921
  • Email: david.plater@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4344
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood Building, floor 4
  • Room: 4 07a
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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