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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Preparing for an Admissibility Hearing

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Although most types of DNA test results are now routinely admitted in court, attorneys still request admissibility hearings on some of the more recently developed DNA technologies as well as on novel uses of DNA.

Early consultation with those scientists who may provide expert testimony is recommended.

An in-depth understanding of the scientific issues that will be the subject of the hearing is essential. Consult with the expert to determine which published scientific literature is going to be most helpful.

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