Supreme Court receives ‘application’ for its next president from some teddy bears

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By Katie King on

They hope to replace Lord Neuberger on a job-sharing basis

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Applications to replace Lord Neuberger as the next president of the Supreme Court opened yesterday, and we’ve already found our favourite candidate.

The court received a spoof application yesterday from “The bears of the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council”, a pair of cute teddy bears who hope to take up the post “on a job-sharing basis”.

In an application submitted to the Supreme Court by email, the bears — who are clearly computer savvy — state their appointments will be of benefit to the court because they “exist in multiples” and can therefore “be in more than one place at a time”. Sounds perfect.

However, the bears’ satirical presidency plea has made one vital clanger. In it, it says “we note that high judicial office is a requirement for the post”. This isn’t the case: the minimum criteria is 15 years’ legal experience. This means that, in theory, the likes of Amal Clooney and Joshua Rozenberg would be eligible to apply. We wonder what the selection panel will think of this mistake.

The application is the work of court artist Isobel Williams, who posted the tongue-in-cheek application on her blog alongside an adorable bear illustration (pictured above). While Williams isn’t hopeful her teddy bear justices will be next to grace the Supreme Court bench, it certainly made us chuckle.

Read the full blog post here.

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