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DNA - A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook Inventory

Meeting Between the DNA Analyst and the Prosecutor

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The DNA analyst should understand the significance of the evidence. A chart drawn by the DNA analyst will help the prosecutor understand the analyst's conclusions, especially when multiple samples have been typed. The DNA analyst should believe in the accuracy and reliability of the science and be able to convey this to a jury.

During the meeting, the prosecutor should review the DNA analyst's qualifications, prior court experience, and number of times qualified in court as an expert witness. The prosecutor should also discuss the anticipated order of evidence for trial. This meeting enables the prosecutor to determine how strong a witness the DNA analyst will be at trial. If time and resources allow, it can be beneficial for the prosecutor to meet several times with the DNA analyst.

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