Kellie Toole

Ms Kellie Toole

Lecturer

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions


I joined the permanent staff of the Adelaide Law School as a full-time academic in 2012 after having practiced as a criminal defence lawyer. I teach in:

Evidence Law
Criminal Law and Procedure
Military Disciplinary Law

My interest in both legal practice, teaching and research is at the intersection of criminal law and human rights law. I am undertaking a PhD on how prosecutors decide whether to prosecute particular cases.

I am also on the Management Committee for the Research Unit in Military Law and Ethics (RUMLAE). My military research interest is the involvement of returned service men and women in the civilian criminal justice system.

Feel free to give me a call or drop me an email any time if you would like to talk about any of my teaching or research interests or work experience.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2013 Associate Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2009 Criminal defence lawyer Legal Services Commission
    2006 - 2007 Researcher Parliamentary Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
    2006 Volunteer Paralegal (Death Penalty) Gulf Region Advocacy Centre (GRACE) Houston TX
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia BA (Hons)
    University of Adelaide Australia MA (History)
    Flinders University Australia LLB and LP
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    Barrister and Solicitor Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia Australia
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Toole, K. L. (2019). Building a Legal Research and Writing Community across Hemispheres. Association of American Law Schools Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research Bulletin, Summer, 25-27.
    2018 Toole, K. L. (2018). Do Criminals Need a 'Criminal Mind'?. Legaldate, 30(2), 3-6.
    2018 Toole, K., & Plater, D. (2018). Derivative Liability and South Australia's New Firearms Law: "Inherently Dangerous" or the "Best Gun Laws in the Country"?. Criminal Law Journal, 42(4), 261-269.
    2017 Toole, K. (2017). Trial by jury - Essential protection or relic of the past?. Legaldate, 29(2), 8-12.
    2016 Toole, K., & Plater, D. (2016). Suppliers of illegal firearms responsible for their future use. Alternative Law Journal, 41(2), 139.
    2016 Toole, K. L. (2016). Looking behind jury verdicts NH, Jakaj, Zefi and Stakaj v the South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions. Alternative Law Journal, 41(4), 288.
    2016 Toole, K. L. (2016). SA Law Reform Institute Recommends Abolition of Religious Oaths. Alternative Law Journal, 41(1), 69.
    2015 Toole, K. (2015). Marital rape: retrospectivity and the common law. Criminal Law Journal, 39(6), 286-302.
    2015 Toole, K. L. (2015). South Australia: Reform of laws that discriminate on the grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender, Gender Identity and Intersex Status. Alternative Law Journal, 40(4), 286-287.
    2015 Toole, K. (2015). Reform of Laws that Discriminate on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender, Gender Identity and Inter-sex Status. Alternative Law Journal, 40(4), 286-287.
    2014 Toole, K. L., & Branson, C. (2014). Time for South Australia to adopt the Uniform Evidence Act. Law Society Bulletin.
    2014 Toole, K. L. (2014). Review of mental impairment defence. Alternative Law Journal, 39(2).
    2014 Toole, K. L., & Le Mire, S. (2014). From failure to hope: Lawyer regulation in South Australia. Alternative Law Journal, 39(1).
    2014 Toole, K. L. (2014). The making of prosecutorial decisions in australia. Alternative Law Journal, 39(4).
    2013 Toole, K. L. (2013). South Australia and the defence of provocation. Alternative Law Journal, 38(4), 270-271.
    2013 Toole, K. (2013). Defensive homicide on trial In Victoria. Monash University Law Review, 39(2), 473-505.
    2013 Hewitt, A., & Toole, K. (2013). The practical knowledge conundrum: What practical knowledge should be included in a law school curriculum and how can it be taught?. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 25(5), 980-1022.
    2013 Toole, K. L. (2013). Admission of "bad character" evidence'. Alternative Law Journal, 38(4).
    2013 Toole, K. L., Giancaspro, M., & Walding, C. (2013). Students open up about mental health and well-being. Law Society Bulletin.
    2013 Toole, K. L. (2013). Evidence (Identification) Bill 2012. Alternative Law Journal, 38(1).
    2013 Toole, K. L. (2013). Marital Rape: High Court decision handed down. Alternative Law Journal, 37(3).
    2012 Toole, K. L. (2012). Three plead guilty to bestiality offences. Alternative Law Journal, 37(4).
    2012 Toole, K. (2012). Self-defence and the reasonable woman: Equality before the new Victorian law. Melbourne University Law Review, 36(1), 250-286.
    2011 Toole, K. (2011). Marital rape in South Australia: R v P, GA. Criminal Law Journal, 35(4), 237-251.
    2011 Toole, K. L. (2011). Rape in Marriage in South Australian Law: Return to the 1960s?. Alternative Law Journal, 36(3), 194-196.
    2011 Toole, K. L., & Caruso, D. (2011). Evidence (Discreditable Conduct) Amendment Act 2011 (SA). Alternative Law Journal, 36(4).
    2011 Toole, K. L. (2011). Law Institute for South Australia. Alternative Law Journal, 36(1).
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2016 Caruso, D., Buth, R., Heath, M., Leader-Elliott, I., Leader-Elliott, P., Naffine, N., . . . Toole, K. (2016). South Australian Criminal Law and Procedure, 2nd Edition (2 ed.). South Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
    2014 Caruso, D., Buth, R., Heath, M., Leader-Elliott, I., Leader-Elliott, P., Naffine, N., . . . Toole, K. (2014). South Australian criminal law: review and critique. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2019 Toole, K. (2019). The Decision to Prosecute – The Accountability of Australian Prosecutors. In V. Colvin, & P. Stenning (Eds.), The Evolving Role of the Public Prosecutor Challenges and Innovations (1 ed., pp. 232-248). USA & UK: Routledge.
    2019 Toole, K. (2019). Building Career Readiness for Criminal Law Practice. In A. Diver (Ed.), Employability via Higher Education: Sustainability as Scholarship (pp. 489-502). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.
    2016 Toole, K. (2016). Introduction to Criminal Procedure. In D. caruso, R. Buth, M. Heath, I. Leader-Elliott, P. Leader-Elliott, N. Naffine, . . . K. Toole (Eds.), South Australian Criminal Law and Procedure, 2nd Edition (2 ed., pp. 455-466). LexisNexis.
    2016 Toole, K. (2016). Introduction to Criminal Procedure. In D. caruso, R. Buth, M. Heath, I. Leader-Elliott, P. Leader-Elliott, N. Naffine, . . . K. Toole (Eds.), South Australian Criminal Law and Procedure, 2nd Edition (2 ed., pp. 455-466). LexisNexis.
    2016 Toole, K., Caruso, D., & Grant, M. (2016). The Role of Police. In D. caruso, R. Buth, M. Heath, I. Leader-Elliott, P. Leader-Elliott, N. Naffin, . . . K. Toole (Eds.), South Australian Criminal Law and Procedure, 2nd edition (2 ed., pp. 467-512). LexisNexis.
    2016 Toole, K., Caruso, D., & Grant, M. (2016). The Role of Police. In D. caruso, R. Buth, M. Heath, I. Leader-Elliott, P. Leader-Elliott, N. Naffin, . . . K. Toole (Eds.), South Australian Criminal Law and Procedure, 2nd edition (2 ed., pp. 467-512). LexisNexis.
    2016 Toole, K., Caruso, D., & Grant, M. (2016). The Role of Courts. In D. caruso, R. Buth, M. Heath, I. Leader-Elliott, P. Leader-Elliott, N. Naffin, . . . K. Toole (Eds.), South Australian Criminal Law and Procedure, 2nd edition (2 ed., pp. 513-542).
    2016 Toole, K., Caruso, D., & Grant, M. (2016). The Role of Courts. In D. caruso, R. Buth, M. Heath, I. Leader-Elliott, P. Leader-Elliott, N. Naffin, . . . K. Toole (Eds.), South Australian Criminal Law and Procedure, 2nd edition (2 ed., pp. 513-542).
    2016 Leader-Elliott, I. (2016). Offences of Dishonesty. In D. Caruso, R. Buth, M. Heath, I. Leader-Elliott, P. Leader-Elliott, N. Naffin, . . . K. Toole (Eds.), South Australian Criminal Law and Precedure (Second ed., pp. 107-164). NSW; Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
    2016 Leader-Elliott, I., & Caruso, D. (2016). Intoxication. In D. Caruso, R. Buth, M. Heath, I. Leader-Elliott, P. Leader-Elliott, N. Naffin, . . . K. Toole (Eds.), South Australian Criminal Law and Procedure (Second ed., pp. 399-417). NSW; Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.
    2016 Plater, D., Goode, M., Langos, C., & Crawford, N. (2016). Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person. In D. Caruso, R. Buth, M. Heath, I. Leader-Elliott, P. Leader-Elliott, N. Naffine, . . . K. Toole (Eds.), South Australian Criminal Law: Review and Critique (2nd ed., pp. 0). Chatswood, NSW: Lexis Nexis.
    2014 Plater, D., Caruso, D., Toole, K., Naffine, N., Buth, R., Heath, M., . . . Leader-Elliott, P. (2014). Chapter 6: Offences Against the Person. In D. Carsuo (Ed.), South Australian Criminal Law: Review and Critique. LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2016 Toole, K. L. (2016). The Decision to Prosecute: A Comparison between the Commonwealth of Australia's Military and Civilian Jurisdictions.
    2016 Giancaspro, M. A., Toole, K., & Walding, C. (2016). Key Stressors and Possible Solutions: The Adelaide Law Student Experience. In N/A. College of Law, Sydney.
    2014 Toole, K., Walding, C., & Giancaspro, M. A. (2014). Lex Salus – Reconciling Law and Wellbeing. In N/A. Queensland University of Technology.
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    Webster, A. L., & Toole, K. (n.d.). Don’t expect ‘world first’ impact statement to transform sentencing.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). SA Should Abolish Provocation.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). Queensland Still Failing to Act on Medieval Murder Defence.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). Only in America: Why Australia is Right not to have Grand Juries.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). Plea Bargaining: Who Gets the Best Deal.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). In Plea Bargaining, Who Really Gets the Bargain.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). Time to stop protecting the protectors of child sex abusers.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). Time to End, Not Extend, The Legal Institution of Marriage.
    Toole, K. L., & Le Mire, S. (n.d.). Parliament Responds to McGee case on 10 Year Anniversary.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). Same Sex (Same Old) Marriage.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). Panic About the "Gay Panic" Defence - SA Reform to Provocation Proposed'.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). The Flip Side of Double Jeopardy - Australian First for Prisoners' Right to Appeal.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). End of the Line for Police ‘Line-ups’ in South Australia?.
    Toole, K. L. (n.d.). In Australia, reconsidering ‘marital rape immunity’.
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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Editor Alternative Law Journal
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2013 - ongoing Adelaide Law School Health and Well-Being Officer
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83134440
  • Email: kellie.toole@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4344
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood Building, floor 2
  • Room: 2 07
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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