Court Approved DNA Testing
For a DNA test to be used in legal or judicial situations, it needs to be a court-approved DNA test. This can also be called “legal DNA testing,” “court admissible” or that it followed chain-of-custody, which means that a professional DNA collector or lab technician must be present to document every step of the process and sign off on the integrity and identity of each donor and specimen.
These tests can either be individually (on your terms) or ordered by the court – you can request the test and follow a certain process that would ensure the test results could be used for legal purposes.
What goes into a Legal DNA Test?
For a test to be legally used in court, it must follow what’s called "chain-of-custody," which is a tracking record beginning with detailed scene notes that describe where the evidence was received or collected. Here’s what the record must include:
1. Verified Identity
We’ll take a copy of your driver’s license or other accepted type of identity confirmation prior to collecting your sample. This has to be performed for every single individual involved.
2. Witness and Collector
The witness can’t be associated with any household members involved. They often also serve as the sample collector whot swabs the inside of the cheek to obtain the DNA sample. You can’t offer the sample yourself as this is not considered “court-admissible.”
3. Procedure of Assessment
We follow the proper procedures and paperwork to make sure the sample travels a certain path – ensuring nothing tampers with the test, and the sample is protected. The sample is recorded every step of the way. We also deliver notarized results directly to who needs them so that they can hold up in any legal situation.
There are a variety of DNA and paternity tests available to consumers; however, a “chain of custody” paternity test provides the highest level of trustworthiness. Here are some other benefits to legal DNA testing:
- Unbiased: This type of DNA testing is administrated by a neutral third party that has no interest in the test results or outcome.
- Minimized Laboratory Errors: The “chain of custody” procedure minimizes identification and laboratory errors because of its thoroughness.
- Well-Maintained: Each step of the testing process is traceable and thoroughly documented, should an investigation be necessary.
To get started on a legal DNA test, contact us today!