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Sir Kenneth Gresson, 1891 – 1974

Sir Kenneth Gresson, former President of the Court of Appeal, died on 6 October 1974 in Christchurch.

Sir Kenneth was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School and completed his LLB at Canterbury College in 1917. He was admitted to the bar that year and went into legal practice in Christchurch. He was a lecturer in law at Canterbury College from 1923 to 1947 and was Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1936 to 1947.

Sir Kenneth was President of the Canterbury District Law Society in 1937 and one of the New Zealand Law Society's representatives on the Law Revision Committee from its inception in 1937.

Appointed to the Supreme Court bench in 1947, Sir Kenneth became the first President of the newly formed Court of Appeal in 1957.

He served on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1963. Following his retirement in that year he accepted appointment as Chairman of the newly-formed Indecent Publications Tribunal, serving in that capacity until 1967. He was honoured with a KBE in 1958 and received an honorary LLD from Canterbury University in 1972.

Special Supreme Court sittings have been held at Wellington and Christchurch to honour Sir Kenneth.

This obituary was published in LawTalk 7, 8 November 1974, page 2.

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Last updated on the 20th October 2015