Responsibilities to consider when formulating policies for post-conviction case review are listed below:
- Prosecution responsibilities
- Establishing the appropriate review standard to be used in case selection and in identifying cases to be tested or retested.
- Establishing appropriate deadlines for review completion.
- Assigning responsibility for the evaluation and interpretation of exclusionary test results, and determining the appropriate official response.
Additional responsibilities to consider when formulating policies for post-conviction case review include:
- Law enforcement responsibilities
- Identifying which cases were closed before DNA evidence was available to the jurisdiction.
- Identifying which cases
- Still have biological evidence remaining, and
- Resulted in a conviction of a person still alive.
- Laboratory responsibilities
- Identifying which cases still have biological evidence amenable to testing.
Policies should also address which agency will be responsible for notifying the victim or next-of-kin and the appropriate timing of the notification.
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- DNA – A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook
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