Extra-bodily DNA sampling by the police

- Journal of Law and Medicine
Author/s: -Gans, Jeremy
Journal: J Law Med
Year: 2013
Volume: 21
Issue: 2
Pages: 364-369
Start Page: 364

Forensic investigators have statutory powers to take DNA samples directly from suspects’ bodies in certain circumstances but sometimes the powers fall short, legally or practically. Police may then look for samples that have become separated from their suspects for one reason or another. No jurisdiction currently bars or even regulates this practice, which is instead loosely governed by laws on property, consent and evidence. This article argues that this lack of regulation undermines the entire system of forensic procedure laws.