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Investigation Roundtable

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Investigation Through Arrest Phases

Investigation Roundtable

A roundtable discussion during the investigation and arrest phases is an alternative method for involving prosecutors if a system for early involvement is not established. It is most effective to schedule this meeting prior to or shortly after a suspect is arrested.

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Participants in the roundtable should include the investigator(s), laboratory personnel and representatives from the prosecutor's office. The objectives of the discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Familiarizing all involved parties with the details of the case
  • Talking through the arrest and prosecution of a suspect
  • Prioritizing evidence
  • Discussing possible defense theories (investigators and prosecutors)


An investigative roundtable discussion may help to bring cohesion to the investigative and prosecuting team by building a sound working relationship, establishing communication means and methods and ensuring all involved parties are aware of the facts and direction of the case.

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