Officials have blamed a testing error after a string of cartoon and movie characters, including Tinker Bell and Captain Hook, were listed as defendants at a Crown Court.
Initial lists issued on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court suggested Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, Buzz Lightyear and Sleeping Beauty were due for mention hearings on Thursday.
Disney favorites Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck were also listed as being due before a judge from 10am.
Social media posts from lawyers and court watchers speculated that the names had been posted due to a testing error or as a joke by an outgoing member of staff.
What’s going on at #stoke #crowncourt tomorrow?! 😂 #listing @TheCriminalBar Is it someone’s last day?! https://t.co/BozbbhQkhQ— Leisha Bond (@Leisha Bond) 1605114473.0
You can see screenshots from the court's website below.
Real-life defendants also featured in the daily list, including some appearing by video-link from prison.
Twitter was having a field day.
@Leisha007 @TheCriminalBar Ahhh my local court, they are always down for a laugh 😂😂— Saira Shani (@Saira Shani) 1605114598.0
@Leisha007 @TheCriminalBar But it's "Daisy" Duck!! 🦆— @acmogan (@@acmogan) 1605115229.0
@Leisha007 @BarristerSecret @TheCriminalBar About time these characters had their day in court— John Westray (@John Westray) 1605117325.0
HM Courts and Tribunals Service confirmed on Wednesday night that the error was due to the characters being inputted to test an upgraded listing system.
“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," The service said in a tweet.
@Leisha007 @TheCriminalBar Sorry for the error - we’ve been testing a new upgrade to our case management system and… https://t.co/JIwtPiyiO0— HMCTS (@HMCTS) 1605122802.0
“Our local team has updated the final list online, removing the test names/cases."
It's too bad. We just know Mickey Mouse would charm any judge.