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DNA - A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook Inventory


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Welcome to the DNA: A Prosecutor's Practice Notebook course. If this is your first time viewing the course, please be sure to view the Course Introduction prior to accessing the lessons. After you have viewed the introduction, select a lesson to continue. As you navigate through the course, you will notice a gavel practice point icon on some of the screens within each lesson. Please click the icon to view additional information pertaining to the corresponding screen.

The opinions and points of view expressed in this training program represent a consensus of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice.  This training program offers guidance and is not intended to serve as a legal standard; the state of the law regarding the admissibility and other evidentiary uses of DNA depends on the specific jurisdiction and, as with all jurisprudence, continues to evolve.  This program is not intended to create and may not be relied on to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable in any matter, civil or criminal. 

Taking the Course

Starting the course. Select the top link in the navigation on the right.

Navigating the course. We recommend you go through the course page-by-page using the Forward and Back buttons at the bottom of the page. You may skip around and select lessons using the navigation on the right.

Completing the course. You do not need to take the course in one sitting. If you stop and come back later, just select a lesson in the table below to resume where you left off.

Lesson Status

Information addressed in this interactive training program is delivered in five modules. Select a module below to begin.

Investigating Cases Involving DNA
Preparing Cases Involving DNA

Presenting Cases Involving DNA

Special Case Circumstances

Lab Report Analysis