It's been a bad week for…

The Crown Prosecution Service, which this week was attacked for allowing people facing charges to go free because of errors. The CPS inspectorate found that in some cases the accused had to be released because lawyers had miscalculated how long they could be held, and that one in four charge sheets prepared by CPS lawyers contained mistakes.

George Michael (above), whose lunch at a Beverley Hills restaurant was rudely interrupted by a court official bearing a writ from police officer Marcelo Rodriguez who is suing the pop star for $10m (£6.3m) over emotional and mental damage after Michael publicly accused the officer of entrapment and then poked fun at Rodriguez in his song Outside.

Solicitors in Scotland who look set to lose the £25 a week bonus they were getting for every pensioner they referred to a nursing home company. MSPs have attacked the incentive scheme and the Law Society for Scotland is advising its members to avoid cash inducements.