Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Appointment of Judge - John McGrath QC

Appointment of Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal - John McGrath QC -Margaret Wilson

The Attorney-General, Hon Margaret Wilson, announced today the appointment of John McGrath QC as a Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Since 1989, Justice McGrath has held the position of Solicitor-General for New Zealand.

During that time, he was responsible for the review and subsequent reorganisation of the Crown Law Office, ensuring the development of legal expertise within a specialist team structure.

Justice McGrath represented the Government in a number of leading cases in the Court of Appeal and Privy Council in the areas of taxation, Treaty of Waitangi jurisprudence, public interest immunity, contempt of Court and in the scope and development of judicial review.

In addition to providing legal advice to the Government on a day-to-day basis, Justice McGrath, as Solicitor-General, was also responsible for the research and development of a number of significant policy papers including the reform of the judicial appointments process and a consideration of an alternate appeal structure, following the abolition of the Privy Council.

During his time in office as Solicitor-General, Justice McGrath has served under a number of Attorney-Generals.

One feature of his time in office has been his ability to maintain and strengthen the constitutional role of Solicitor-General as an independent law officer and principal legal adviser to the government.

Prior to his appointment as Solicitor-General, Justice McGrath was a partner in the private law firm Buddle Findlay.

He became a barrister sole in 1984 and shortly thereafter was appointed Queen's Counsel.

Between 1986 and 1989, Justice McGrath was Chancellor of Victoria University of Wellington and in 1992 he was awarded an honorary LL.D by that University.

Justice McGrath will be sworn in on 18 August 2000.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote. We also acknowledge the men who supported the cause and voted for the Bill to pass.

“Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a female Prime Minister, we have women in cabinet. And I’m here as Acting Minister because the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter is on maternity leave. New Zealand is a good place to be a woman!” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>


'Post-Settlement Era': Māori Crown Agency To Be Established

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>


Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>


Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>


NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Ardern Pep Talk

The intolerance being shown as the coalition process unfolds in New Zealand betrays our depressing appetite for a tidily totalitarian style of government where everyone is expected to march in lockstep. More>>





InfoPages News Channels