Reviewing DNA use in criminal investigations

The Law Commission is reviewing the way DNA is used in criminal investigations. DNA can be obtained from crime scene samples and compared to DNA that has been obtained from suspects or other known persons. Due in part to how the science has progressed in the last 20 years, this process raises an array of legal, social and ethical issues – including several that relate to privacy.

Kate McKenzie-Bridle, Senior Legal and Policy Adviser from the Law Commission Te Aka Matua o te Ture, will explore some of the questions around the use of DNA in law enforcement and how the answers impact on law reform in this area.

For a taster of the issues around DNA sampling and testing in law enforcement, visit the Law Commission’s website here.