New Zealand jurist, Sir John McGrath, Died at 73

Sir John Joseph McGrath was born on March 10, 1945, in Wellington and died on October 19, 2018.

He was a judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, serving in that role from 2005 until 2015.

McGrath was also a judge of the Court of Appeal from 2000 to 2005, and the Solicitor-General of New Zealand from 1989 to 2000.

He attended Wanganui Collegiate School and graduated with an LLM from Victoria University of Wellington in 1968.

McGrath was a partner in Buddle Findlay, in Wellington, until he moved to the separate bar in 1984.

McGrath became Queen’s Counsel in 1987 and he was Solicitor-General between 1989 and 2000.

He was appointed to the Court of Appeal in July 2000 and to the Supreme Court in May 2005.

During 2007, McGrath was appointed a New Zealand Order of Merit.

The appointment was redesignated Knight Companion of that order in 2009.

He passed away at 73 years old.


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