NIJ Training: Principles of Forensic DNA for Officers of the Court

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An interactive, self-paced, resource tool to educate and assist prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges in forensic DNA cases. The course consists of fifteen modules and covers:

  • The biology of DNA, including statistics and population genetics. 
  • DNA laboratories, quality assurance in testing, and understanding a laboratory report.
  • Forensic databases.
  • Victim issues. 
  • The presentation of DNA evidence at trial. 
  • Post-conviction DNA cases.

Accompanying Case Study

The case study, in conjunction with this course, provides valuable information about the science of DNA and DNA testing. It draws upon a 1984 rape and murder that — while cold for many years — was reopened and investigated resulting in a criminal trial based largely upon DNA evidence. The case study, while fictional, is based upon factual events.

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