People with learning difficulties. Mr Justice Wall supported a mother's attempt to force doctors to give her disabled daughter a hysterectomy. Counsel for the daughter and the Official Solicitor, who acts for those not capable of looking after their own legal interests, argued that the operation was medically unnecessary. The mother argued that the operation was the only way she could ensure her daughter did not become pregnant.
Sergio Montella, an Italian lawyer found dead in his basement. After he had been missing for a week Montella was found in the cage where he kept his pet lion. The lawyer also kept a panther, tigers, dogs and cats. Police are unsure whether he was attacked and killed by the lion or whether Montella died of natural causes in the cage and the lion merely became hungry.
The DTI, which has been accused of producing legal guidance designed to deprive workers of their rights. The charge, brought by the TUC, arises from guidance issued to employers on the Working Time Directive. The Trades Union Congress, with Cherie Booth's help, is seeking judicial review of the Government's implementation of the European rights to parental leave.
Sir Stephen Richards, High Court judge and friend and Oxford compatriot of Tony Blair, who won't be getting the job of chairman of the new Arbitration Committee, after accusations of cronyism. Unions opposed the Government's choice of Richards because of his links to the Prime Minister and because he was perceived as having no experience of industrial relations.
Men trying to prove they are a father. A High Court judgment has ruled that DNA blood tests cannot be taken from a child to determine paternity without the mother's consent. The ruling means that men hoping to win court orders for contact may not be able to proceed if the mother denies that the child is their's.
Men who become sexually aroused in public in Mississippi, who could fall foul of a proposed public-sex-and-nudity law that will make it illegal for men with erections to appear in public – even if they are fully clothed. The bill, introduced by Republican state senator Tom King at the request of a constituent, says nudity includes "the showing of covered male genitals in a discernably turgid state".