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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Factors in Postconviction DNA Testing Requests

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The cover a report called Postconviction DNA Testing: Recommendations for Handling Requests
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (see reuse policy).

Factors to consider in determining whether to conduct postconviction DNA testing (by agreement or court decision) include:

  • The legal standard governing postconviction DNA testing in the applicable jurisdiction.
  • The petitioner's current status.
  • The potential probative value of testing existing biological evidence.
  • Other evidence in the case.
  • Whether a conviction is based on a guilty or no contest plea, or following a trial.
  • The availability and type of DNA testing at the time of trial.

Online Link - Click here to view the National Institute of Justice publication, Postconviction DNA Testing: Recommendations for Handling Requests.

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