Micky Mouse, Donald Duck and Snow White 'summoned to court' in system error
A host of Disney cartoon characters are due to appear before Stoke Crown Court tomorrow – at least if the official list is to be believed.
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Sleeping Beauty all appear on Thursday’s court list, complete with their own case numbers.
The Disney-fied list of those due to go before a judge and a recorder also seems to include the names of real defendants.
But due to an admin error, Mickey, Minnie, Tinker Bell, Donald Duck and Snow White are set to appear ‘for mention’ when proceedings begin at 10am, according to the daily roll.
Bugs Bunny, Cruella Deville, Daphne Duck, Buzz Lightyear and Road Runner are then scheduled for after 3pm.
All of the cases are being pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service on a day that would appear to keep any seasoned court reporter busy.
One social media user replied to say the error was connected to a Digital Audio Recording Transcription and Storage (Darts) test.
She wrote: ‘They’ve been doing it on the drafts all week, but I wasn’t expecting these scoundrels to make it to a final! Apparently it’s something to do with a DARTS test.
‘Other courts have just been putting ‘test 1,’ ‘test 2.’ We responded to say that our Mr J Skellington was prosecuting.’
On Twitter, the surprise cameos were spotted by barrister Leisha Bond, who joked: ‘Is it someone’s last day?’
HM Courts later apologised for incriminating the Disney characters and blamed the gaffe on a system upgrade.
Carl Buckley was among those seeing the funny side, weighing in: ‘Having practiced in Stoke for many years, this appears to be entirely normal.’
Matthew O’Toole couldn’t resist a pun, writing: ‘Maybe someone DISNEY want to be identified.’
In a tweet, the HM Courts & Tribunals Service said: ‘Sorry for the error – we’ve been testing a new upgrade to our case management system and the names were created as test cases but should have been deleted before the lists were issued/published.
‘Our local team has updated the final list online, removing the test names/cases.’
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