Brian Bolland's art from prog 500
The Council of Five is Mega-City One's de facto ruling body (the mayor, an elected citizen, is merely a figurehead whose job it is to kiss babies and open new shopping malls). The most important person on the Council of Five is the Chief Judge, currently Judge Hershey (pictured). Its other four members are representatives of Justice Department's Tek Division, the Academy of Law, Street Division and Undercover Operations (a division incorporating the Wally Squad, the Special Judicial Squad, the Public Surveillance Unit and Black Ops). Members of the Council have included Judge Pepper, Judge Dredd, Judge America Beeny, Judge Bachmann, Judge Shenker, Judge Niles, Judge Buell, and possibly Judge Maitland.