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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Relevancy Determination

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Ultimately, an initial relevancy determination whether the case is suitable for DNA testing and whether test results may support the petitioner's claim for relief is one of the most important stages of the process.

Determining the relevance of further DNA testing should include a collaborative evaluation of the case by postconviction counsel and a forensic DNA expert.

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