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Forensic procedures and DNA

This topic looks at the procedures used by police to collect forensic material.

Forensic procedures involve the collection of forensic material that may be used for DNA testing. This may include collecting samples such as blood, pubic hair, saliva, hair, matter from under a fingernail or toenail.

Physical examination can also be a forensic procedure. This is often done if an offender was injured while committing an offence or if a witness may have noticed distinguishing marks such as tattoos on the offender.

Forensic procedures do not include fingerprints under Victorian law, but they do according to the Commonwealth. The definition also excludes the DNA profile sample procedure that was added to the Crimes Act (Vic) on 1 July 2019.

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