New Publication: DNA for the Defense Bar

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has released the publication DNA for the Defense Bar.


DNA for the Defense Bar, available as a 192-page PDF download, is the newest addition to a series of NIJ guides that aims to improve the use of forensic DNA in the criminal justice system. Designed specifically for criminal defense lawyers, it:

  • Offers a primer on the science of DNA, from collection at a crime scene to laboratory analysis and findings.
  • Provides general discussions on working with a criminal defense client and preparing a defense, including the testimony of a DNA expert witness and cross-examining prosecution DNA witnesses.
  • Offers guidance regarding trial issues (for example, jury selection and opening and closing statements) and includes an in-depth discussion of the statistics with respect to CODIS match probabilities.
  • Includes a discussion of post-conviction DNA testing.


Click here to download the publication from the NIJ.

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