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DNA identification in the criminal justice system

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 226

Jeremy Gans and Gregor Urbas
ISBN 0 642 24262 3 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 2002


This paper examines the science of DNA identification and its use during criminal investigations and in criminal proceedings, including criminal trials, appeals and post conviction proceedings such as review commissions and innocence panels. It outlinesthe main benefits and costs of the increasing role of DNA identification in the criminal justice system. A table of significant Australian DNA cases is also included.