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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Contents of a Discovery Request (cont.)

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A discovery request may also seek information about the laboratory's quality assurance program and quality control documentation. Some courts have required disclosure of whether a laboratory technician or scientist had been decertified or suspended, 10 proficiency test results for the particular DNA scientist, 11 information concerning "laboratory protocols, incidences of false positive results, quality control and quality assurance, and proficiency tests," 12 and "the standard operating procedures including the quality assurance manual, in general, the calibration record that went to the laboratory machinery actually used in this case, and the proficiency testing record of the chemist." 13

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