Peter Quilliam

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Sir James Peter Quilliam (23 March 1920 – 17 February 2004) was Chief Justice of the Cook Islands and a Judge of the High Court of New Zealand.

Quilliam graduated with an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in 1943.[1] He practiced law in New Plymouth, then served as a High Court judge from 1969 to 1988 before becoming the first head of New Zealand's Police Complaints Authority (now the Independent Police Conduct Authority).[1] He became a Knight Bachelor in the 1988 New Year Honours.[2]

Quilliam later became a judge of the High Court of the Cook Islands and Cook Islands Court of Appeal[1] and served as Chief Justice.


  1. ^ a b c "Sir Peter Quilliam (LLB ’43) 1920 - 2004" (PDF). V.Alum. July 2004. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  2. ^ London Gazette (supplement), No. 51173, 30 December 1987. Retrieved 16 January 2013.