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DNA Profiling and the Law in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author De Wet, S en_US
dc.contributor.author Oosthuizen, H en_US
dc.contributor.author Visser, J en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-06T12:40:47Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-06T12:40:47Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1727-3781 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/4682
dc.description.abstract DNA evidence is currently at the forefront of the arsenal of evidence employed in criminal trials. To ensure its optimum use in criminal proceedings, it is imperative that the legal fraternity is properly conversant with the scientific basis and presentation of such evidence, as well as with its potential pitfalls. In an effort to provide the legal profession with a background to this complex and useful type of evidence, this article looks at the biochemical nature of DNA, at DNA profiling and its use in criminal trials, and at the processes of DNA collection and analysis in the Biology Unit of the Forensic Science Laboratory of the South African Police Service. The presentation of DNA evidence in court is then evaluated and the future of DNA evidence, including legislative reform, and the creation of a DNA database are discussed. en_US
dc.subject DNA en_US
dc.subject Profiling en_US
dc.subject Evidence en_US
dc.subject DNA Analysis en_US
dc.subject Forensic en_US
dc.subject Scientific evidence en_US
dc.subject Criminal en_US
dc.subject Trial en_US
dc.subject Law of Evidence en_US
dc.subject Crime Scene en_US
dc.title DNA Profiling and the Law in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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