DPP V Tuite: A Case Study

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DNA profile identification is now the evidential gold standard in criminal proceedings. Validation of the methods in which identification is made is critical because of the weight a jury is likely to attach to the evidence and relevant expert evidence. STRmix is an innovative DNA profile identification system that can calculate profiles using particularly degraded and small samples, unlike traditional DNA profiling methodologies. The use of this new software in criminal proceedings raised the question of whether reliability is necessary for the admissibility of expert evidence in DPP v Tuite . In this case, the prosecution in sought to lead expert evidence that went to the identification of the defendant using STRmix. The defendant in DPP

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