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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

The Daubert Test

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The Daubert test was announced in an opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court and implemented through the Federal Rules of Evidence. The three main prongs of Daubert are as follow:

  • The testimony must be based upon sufficient facts or data.
  • The testimony must be the product of reliable principles and methods.
  • The witness must have applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case. 17

Many states use the Daubert standard.

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