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Case Acceptance Policies and Guidelines
80 Minutes
This archived webinar, the fourth in ASCLD’s webinar series - Confronting Crime Laboratory Backlogs: Causes, Solutions, Expectations - covers laboratory case management practices and the policies that are put into place to control the intake of evidence. A significant component of a crime laboratory’s management system is its preliminary evaluation of evidence to determine if it does or does not meet established criteria that govern the submission of evidence to the laboratory.  These policies, often known as case submission, case acceptance, or case management policies, help laboratories control demand for their services and prevent the accumulation of evidence awaiting testing.  A significant component of a crime laboratory’s management system is its preliminary evaluation of evidence to determine if it does or does not meet established criteria that govern the submission of evidence to the laboratory.  In some jurisdictions, however, these policies can be controversial and even offensive to crime scene personnel, investigators, and trial attorneys who may disagree with their laboratory screens its evidence prior to submission. 

This webinar was recorded in its entirety at the time of the live event in order to capture the one on one interaction with the presenter. 

Speaker

Cecelia A. Crouse
Crime Laboratory Director of the ASCLD-LAB International accredited Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory. 
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This event is funded through a Cooperative Agreement (2011-DN-BX-K564) from the National Institute

of Justice (NIJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ). The views,

policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and contributors and do not necessarily reflect

those of the NIJ, OJP, or USDOJ.