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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Impact of Postconviction Litigation

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Consequently, litigation of postconviction DNA cases is often complex, cumbersome, expensive, and time consuming. Officers of the court should cooperate in locating evidence, arranging for testing, and requesting judicial or executive relief when appropriate to further the interests of justice.

Numerous legal and practical issues arise when a motion or application for postconviction DNA testing and relief is filed. Attorneys and the judiciary must become familiar with the applicable law in their respective jurisdictions.

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