Justice Sir Thomas Thorp, the retired judge who had assisted Justice Minister Andrew Little with the development of the Serious Criminal Cases Review legislation died on the day the legislation passed its first reading in Parliament.
Justice Thorp had been a High Court judge from 1979 until 1996 and was 92.
He died last Wednesday, aged 92.
He was a High Court judge from 1979 to 1996. The bill to establish a Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRD) to focus on possible miscarriages of justice will be considered by a committee of MPs after passing its first reading in Parliament the day Justice Thorp died.
After retiring from the bench, Justice Thorp had also conducted several inquiries, including into the convictions of Peter Ellis and David Bain, both cases that would have gone before the proposed CCRD.
The CCRC will be an independent body to review convictions and sentences where there is a suspected miscarriage of justice.
The Commission will be able to refer cases back to the appeal courts but will not determine guilt or innocence. It will replace the referral power currently exercised by the Governor-General under section 406 of the Crimes Act 1961.
It will also be able to receive applications from any living convicted person or their representative and, where it is in the public interest, make initial inquiries on its own initiative where it has concerns.
Sir Thomas considered by some to be the father of the CCRC and had called on top lawyers to assist in the development of the Commission.
Sir Thomas, 92, called for such a body in 2006 following a two-year study. He concluded that up to 20 inmates could be wrongly imprisoned.
Former Supreme Court Judge and Solicitor-General Judge Sir John McGrath also died, passing away on 19 October, aged 73.