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family. Francesca and Stuart spent Francesca’s last law school term in
Copenhagen, followed by additional travel through western Europe. There
have been treasured incommunicado absences at a rustic family retreat on a
small island in Johnstone Strait, and there have also been ambitious bicycling
trips (with small children) through the French countryside. Wherever
in the province Justice Marzari is presiding, there will likely be quick recreational
shopping excursions, considering her impressive accumulation of
deeply discounted classic fashion items overlooked in thrift stores by those
with less practised eyes.
The B.C. Supreme Court and the B.C. bar have, in Madam Justice
Marzari, a judge with a nose for the fundamental issue in a case and limited
patience for strained interpretations and shiny diversions. Evidence-based
decision making was, and remains, as much a part of the dinner-table conversation,
chez Marzari, as is social justice. The admonition to go with your
strongest argument should certainly be kept in mind when preparing for a
hearing in her courtroom. And while one cannot guarantee it, it is possible
that Francesca will be subliminally driven to pick up first, from any given
pile of written arguments or case authorities, and to thereafter keep closest
to hand, any item that bears an “80% OFF” sticker.
1. A vinyl “diaper” was described as an alternative to
the use of antifouling paint on the hull.