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This CPDcast aims to provide an introduction to the rules surrounding DNA evidence, the process for obtaining such evidence and key case law that demonstrates the use of DNA evidence in practice.

After completing the course you will:
  • Know what DNA is;
  • Understand what DNA evidence is;
  • Know how samples of DNA are obtained;
  • Appreciate when DNA evidence is admissible;
  • Understand the difference with full, partial, mixed and low DNA samples;
  • Know the facts of the case of Reed and Garmson;
  • Understand whether there is a minimum limit on the amount of admissible DNA;
  • Understand what safeguards exist when DNA evidence is admitted;
  • Know what happens when experts disagree as to their findings.
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Case Update
Sources and References:
  • S and Marper v UK (Application Nos. 30562/04 and 30566/04);
  • R v David Reed and Terrence Reed; R v Neil Garmson [2009] EWCA Crim 2698;
  • R v Ishaq (Leicester Crown Court) January 2010;
  • R v Buckley 163 JP 651;
  • R v Alan James Doheny [1997] 1 Cr App R 369;
  • R v Bates 2006 EWCA Crim 1315;
  • R v Cannings [2004] 2 Cr App R 7.

In this CPDcast Felicity Gerry, a barrister at 36 Bedford and co-author of the Sexual Offences Handbook: Law, Practice and Procedure, discusses the rules surrounding the admissibility of DNA evidence and the key recent cases that have influenced these rules. She discusses the various different types of DNA, how DNA is obtained, and the role of DNA experts.

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-02-27

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