DNA Tag

The end of Dlugosz style DNA evidence in court?

Last week the Forensic Science Regulator released long-awaited guidance in the area of DNA mixture interpretation. Whilst this document is still a draft for consultation and therefore not the final version, the main UK forensic providers have all had input and therefore changes are likely

DNA transfer through non-intimate contact

In sexual offence cases where no semen is detected, the presence of female DNA on penile swabs and underwear of the defendant may be put forward to address the issue of whether or not sexual intercourse took place.  However it is known that DNA can

Streamlined Forensic Reporting – the hidden truth

Streamlined Forensic Reporting (SFR) was rolled out nationally in April 2013.  The CPS guidance document states that  “SFR is a revised case management procedure for producing forensic evidence at court, which seeks to reduce unnecessary costs, and delay in the criminal justice system. The process

What every lawyer needs to know about DNA17 profiling

  The introduction of the new DNA17 profiling technique in July 2014 provided  the biggest change in DNA profiling in the UK for more than a decade. DNA17 replaces the SGMPlus® test for routine forensic casework. As its name implies, DNA17 tests seventeen areas of DNA rather