Stephen Kós

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The Honourable
Stephen Kós
President of the Court of Appeal
Assumed office
22 July 2016
Preceded by Ellen France

Stephen Kós, QC, is a New Zealand justice who has been President of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand since 22 July 2016.[1]

Early life and career

The son of a Hungarian refugee, Kós was raised in Wainuiomata.[2] He matriculated at the Victoria University of Wellington to study law.[1]

After graduating from Cambridge University in 1985 with an LLM, Kós began a career in commercial law. In 1985, he became a partner in Perry Wylie & Page, and later a partner in Russel McVeagh in 1988. He was appointed as a Queen's Counsel in 2008.[1]

He is an Honorary Fellow at the Victoria University Law School.[3] He was formerly Pro-Chancellor of Massey University.[4]

Courts of New Zealand

In April 2011, Kós was appointed to the High Court of New Zealand.[2] He was elevated to the Court of Appeal in September 2015,[3] and succeeding Ellen France as President of the court in July 2016.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Judges". Courts of New Zealand. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "From Wainui to the High Court". The Dominion Post. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Justice Stephen Kós QC appointed to CoA". New Zealand Law Society. 1 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Belgrave book brings Massey story to life - Massey University". Massey University. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "New appointments in top courts announced". The Dominion Post. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2017. 
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