DNA Evidence - What does it actually prove

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Course Overview

Many people believe the presence of DNA at a crime scene or on a suspect by itself proves guilt. But it isn’t that simple. Two recent decisions give clear guidance on the significance of the presence of DNA in what can be a confusing area prone to urban myths.

Aimed at people new to criminal law, advocates who seek an update on recent case law and police station representatives, this course will consider the following:

  • Digest Bryon- The significance, or not, of DNA on moveable objects
  • Digest FNC – A much more convincing prosecution case, but why?
  • Dealing with DNA evidence in a police interview;
  • Case management – Defence issues and avoiding ambush allegations
  • Case management – Prosecution issues including what does the scientific evidence actually prove and is it admissible?
  • Submissions and closing speeches

What are the requirements?

  • Watch 20 minute recorded webinar, including reference notes, discussion questions and optional evaluation form to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 – 1 CPD point (depending on length of time spent considering the discussion questions and completing the evaluation form)

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will know:

    • Where DNA evidence is admissible
    • How you may wish to examine or cross-examine the expert- or might it be better to agree that evidence under s9 CJA 1967?
    • What weight can be attached to this evidence? 
    • How to identify what submissions may be open to you at trial
    • In addition, this course will assist police station representatives put DNA  evidence into perspective as part of formulating advice to the suspect as to whether to answer questions or not.

What is the target audience?

  • This course will be of interest to advocates of all levels



About Instructor - Olwen Davies

Admitted in 1990, Olwen is freelance solicitor-advocate with extensive experience in both defence and prosecution work from the magistrates' court to the Court of Appeal. Olwen has lectured at post- graduate level and has presented many CPD courses for the legal profession, the police, Health and Safety Executive and others. Olwen is the co-author of Jordan's Criminal Practitioners Guide to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and is an avid supporter of Save UK Justice and the campaign to stop cuts to legal aid and the criminal justice system.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar


  • Discussion Questions
    2 Page
  • Slides
    37 Page


  • Price
  • £ 60