n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - DNA in the Courtroom: Principles and Practice, L. Meintjes-Van der Walt : book review

Volume 2013, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



The importance of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) evidence in assisting either to prove the guilt of an accused person or otherwise altogether exclude him as a suspect is undisputable. The absence of a South African handbook focusing on the practical aspects relating to DNA for court purposes has for years been a shortcoming in this field. With this publication Meintjes-Van der Walt has aimed to produce "an accessible guide to lawyers and presiding officers who come across DNA evidence in practice", and has as its main objective "to form a bridge between the science of DNA and the legal aspects of DNA evidence" (xiii).

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