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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Expert Witnesses/ Evidence

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Pretrial Preparation

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Counsel should consult with the expert prior to trial to ensure that he or she sufficiently understands the DNA evidence and its significance in the case. In addition, counsel should work with the expert to ensure that the courtroom presentation uses language and exhibits that make the science and findings comprehensible to the judge and jurors.

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