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DNA - A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook Inventory

Pretrial Consultation with DNA Expert Witnesses

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Introduction to Pretrial Consultation with DNA Expert Witnesses

Consultation and pretrial preparation with the lab analyst is especially important in DNA cases. The lab analyst will frequently be used as an expert witness to educate the jury regarding DNA, its application to the case being tried, and non-forensic uses of DNA technology. Pretrial preparation assures the prosecutor and lab analyst are on the same page and increases the effectiveness and understandability of the testimony.

In this topic you will learn about pretrial consultation, to include:

  • The lab analyst's role
  • Details the prosecutor needs to capture from the analyst
  • Preparation for the defense's attack

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