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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

Documenting Findings

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Experts must thoroughly document all observations and analyses to permit accurate testimony in trials (which often take place months or years in the future). Any deviations from the standard operating procedure (SOP) or unexpected findings should be noted in the report and in records maintained in the case file.

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