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Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

Victim/Survivor Considerations

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In some jurisdictions, the law requires notice to the victim of his or her right to be present and heard at postconviction proceedings. It is important to consult with the local victim/witness specialist to determine whether and when to advise the victim or survivors of the request for DNA testing. It is always preferable to have victims or survivors learn of the request from a trained professional rather than the news media. In appropriate circumstances, the court might consider whether a "no contact with the press" order should be issued to protect the interests of the victim and/or survivors.

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