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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Amending Reports

When new items of evidence or additional suspects are submitted for testing, the analyst may issue additional or supplemental reports. Amended reports may be issued in a variety of situations:

  • If a statement from a prior report needs to be amended for accuracy or clarification purposes.
  • If new national standards are set that govern how conclusions should be reached.
  • If related statistics are generated.

If the lab issues an amended report, the party requesting the analysis should be notified immediately and an explanation should be provided.

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