A DNA case review begins with an initial examination of the DNA report issued by the crime laboratory. The content of a DNA report should contain, at a minimum, standardized information that is dictated by the laboratory accreditation agency.
Overall a DNA report should include sufficient information to determine the strength of the results and conclusions as determined from the laboratory data. If a report was adequately prepared it is possible to assess a case without extensive discovery of raw data and other materials from the laboratory. A report that lacks standard information or that presents conclusions that are unclear or unsupported by data, or lack thereof, could be a concern and a detailed review of the laboratory data and worksheets would be warranted.
Based on industry standards, a DNA report should contain the following information: