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144 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE replaces Justice Gail M. Dickson, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal on July 28, 2015. Justice Catherine Murray, Q.C., was appointed a justice of the Supreme Court of B.C. in Vancouver to replace Justice G.J. Fitch, who was elevated to the Court of Appeal on September 1, 2015. Justice Murray was previously a Crown counsel with the B.C. Prosecution Service in Victoria. Justice Joyce M. DeWitt-Van Oosten, Q.C., was appointed a justice of the Supreme Court of B.C. in Victoria to replace Justice Brenda J. Brown, who was transferred to Vancouver effective September 11, 2015. Justice DeWitt- Van Oosten was previously an Assistant Deputy Attorney General with the Ministry of Justice in Victoria. U.S. judges seem to enjoy referring to butterfly-related chaos theory. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has noted that on an expansive interpretation of cause and effect “any use of anything might have an effect on interstate commerce, in the same sense in which a butterfly flapping its wings in China might bring about a change of weather in New York”. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit characterized a rule advocated by certain plaintiffs for antitrust recovery as “resembling chaos theory (a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon will affect global climate).” Preferring a more Midwestern reference point (Kansas, that is), the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Second Appellate District, Montgomery County, noted in a personal injury case: “In our universe, all events can be analyzed as caused by all other events. It is a weary truism now, thanks to the explorations of chaos theory, that ‘but for’ the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in Mexico, Dorothy would never have been blown to Oz.” A Notice to Profession on the Recording of Proceedings before Judicial Case Managers (NP 10), in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, provides that commencing December 1, 2016 proceedings conducted before a JCM in a courtroom will be recorded utilizing the Digital Audio Recording System. The Justice Education Society held its Champions Campaign Appreciation Breakfast at the Law Courts Inn on October 25, 2016. The society’s executive director provided a brief report on the society’s recent work and success. Justice Peter Voith, the society’s president, presented the Hughes Award for Access to Justice to Justice Risa E. Levine in recognition of her long-standing support of the society and her role as its current ambassador. The Hughes Award, named after Edward N. “Ted” Hughes, is presented to an individual


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