Winslow Christian, 79; Former Justice on the State Court of Appeal

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Winslow Christian, 79, a former justice on the California Court of Appeal, died last Tuesday in Redding of injuries sustained when he was struck by a car while crossing a street.

A nationally recognized expert in court administration, Christian earned his bachelor’s and law degrees at Stanford.

For the record:

12:00 AM, Nov. 25, 2005 For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday November 25, 2005 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Winslow Christian -- The obituary of Winslow Christian, a former California appellate court justice, in Tuesday’s California section said he was appointed to the state Court of Appeal in 1968. Christian was appointed in 1966.

His career included stints as deputy state attorney general from 1951 to 1952, district attorney of Sierra County from 1955 to 1958 and secretary of health and welfare in the administration of Gov. Pat Brown from 1963 to 1964. He was appointed by Brown to the Court of Appeal in San Francisco in 1968.

He took a leave of absence from the court in 1971 to become the first executive director of the National Center for State Courts. The organization was founded as a research arm and advocate of court reform.


Christian retired from the court in 1983. He later became director of litigation for the Bank of America.

He left that post in 1992 to become a private arbitrator. He was working in a state program for retired judges to temporarily fill court vacancies in various counties.

A native of Caldwell, Idaho, and resident of Camptonville, Calif., Christian was on assignment in Shasta County at the time of his death.