It's been a bad week for

Lord Archer, who returned to the UK from a book tour of Australia to face the CPS decision on whether he should be tried for perjury or conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The potential charges are connected with the £500,000 Daily Star libel case that Archer won in 1987. The CPS has received the results of a nine-month inquiry by Scotland Yard triggered by Archer's resignation following the revelations of his friend Ted Francis. Francis told the News of the World that he had been asked to provide a false alibi for Archer for the night that he allegedly spent with prostitute Monica Coughlin.

Home owners. It was revealed this week that some crack cocaine and heroin users carry out up to 240 burglaries a year to feed their addiction. At that level, crime does seem to pay, generating around £13,000 a year in illegal revenue. The research carried out in Liverpool, Nottingham, Sunderland and South London also found that almost seven in 10 offenders test positive for drugs.

Local authorities, most of whom have not honoured a voluntary agreement to bring women's pay up to the level of male colleagues. They now face what would be the biggest equal pay battle in history. Only a handful of the 98 local authorities quizzed by Industrial Relations Services had taken any practical steps to bring the pay of employees in areas where women predominate into line with more male-dominated areas.

Headteachers, who may find that their decisions to expel disruptive pupils are overruled by the courts after the enactment of the Human Rights Bill. A schoolgirl in South East England is preparing to take action against her school under the act for expelling her a year before her GCSE exams. Her lawyers will argue that the ban from school could result in irreparable damage to her education.

The solicitor and barrister representing Tony Martin, the farmer jailed for murdering a teenage burglar. Solicitor Nick Makin and barrister Anthony Scrivener were sacked by Martin after a dispute over publicist Max Clifford. Scrivener told The Times: "Max Clifford wanted to win the case through the media, I wanted to win it in the courts." Clifford retaliated, saying that a telephone interview arranged by Makin between the farmer and Martin Bashir led to his sacking. Prisoners are not allowed to speak to the press without permission and so Martin now faces disciplinary action.