Former High Court Judge Sir Peter Quilliam died in Wellington on 17 February 2004.
Born into a legal family, Sir Peter graduated LLB in 1943 and worked as a barrister and Crown solicitor in his home town of New Plymouth until appointed to the Supreme Court (later High Court) bench in 1969, serving until 1988. He was then the first Police Complaints Authority (1989-92).
He also served on the Cook Islands High Court and Court of Appeal benches from 1988-2000 and on Fiji’s Court of Appeal bench.
This obituary was first published in LawTalk 620, 15 March 2004, page 4.