22 Oct 2018

Two former judges die aged 73 and 92

5:53 pm on 22 October 2018

Two long-serving former judges have died.

Supreme Court in Wellington, Coat of Arms

Justice Sir John McGrath was a Supreme Court judge, while Justice Sir Thomas Thorp was a High Court judge. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Justice Sir John McGrath died on Friday, aged 73.

He was a Supreme Court judge for 10 years until 2015, and before that a Court of Appeal judge and Solicitor-General.

Justice Sir Thomas Thorp died on Wednesday, aged 92.

He was a High Court judge from 1979 to 1996.

After retiring from the bench, he conducted several inquiries, including into the convictions of Peter Ellis and David Bain, and into the gun laws.