It's been a bad week for…

The Church of England. Vicar William Harris is being sued by 90-year-old ex-nun Constance Madden over the disappearance of her u80,000 life savings. Madden claims Harris offered to help her fill in her tax form and then transferred the money into his bank account. If Harris loses he will be liable for a bill of more than u200,000.

Campaigning. If you want to go far in the law then just say no when your local Amnesty International branch asks you to sell raffle tickets. And whatever you do, don't join the Solicitors' Family Law Association, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) or the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil). Top judicial group the Judges' Council has advised Apil and Foil that "membership of organisations with such specific campaigning agendas would have to be disclosed and consent obtained before a part-time member of the judiciary could sit." The logical outcome of this ruling is that all of Apil's 5,000 members, who include the cream of personal injury lawyers, will be disqualified from presiding over personal injury cases unless the parties to the action consent.

General Pinochet, whose record of human rights atrocities has not deterred the TV licence detectors – a van drew up outside the General's Wentworth estate home in Surrey last week, although the officer was refused entry because of lack of security clearance.

Go-ped rider Martin Jones – the first person to appear in court accused of being drunk in charge of a motorised skateboard, which does not need a licence, road tax or MOT and has a top speed of 27 miles per hour. He will appear before Wiltshire magistrates later this month.