John McGrath (judge)

The Honourable
Sir John McGrath
Justice of the Supreme Court
In office
Solicitor-General of New Zealand
In office
Prime Minister David Lange, Geoffrey Palmer, Mike Moore, Jim Bolger, Jenny Shipley, Helen Clark
Preceded by Paul Neazor QC
Succeeded by Terence Arnold QC
Personal details
Born John Joseph McGrath
(1945-03-10) 10 March 1945
Wellington, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Christine Anne Swallow

Sir John Joseph McGrath KNZM QC (born 10 March 1945) is a former judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, serving in that role from 2005 until 2015.[1] He was also a judge of the Court of Appeal from 2000 to 2005, and the Solicitor-General of New Zealand from 1989 to 2000.


Born in Wellington, McGrath graduated with a LLM from Victoria University of Wellington in 1968. He was a partner in Buddle Findlay, in Wellington, until he moved to the separate bar in 1984. He became Queen's Counsel in 1987 and he was Solicitor-General between 1989 and 2000. McGrath was appointed to the Court of Appeal in July 2000 and to the Supreme Court in May 2005. In 2007 he was appointed a New Zealand Order of Merit. The appointment was redesignated Knight Companion of that order in 2009.[2]



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