Legal Document

Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act

Republic of South Africa
Publication Year
Thematic Area
Families / Forensics / Law & Policies
Criminal Justice / DNA Analysis / Identification / Law – National / Management of the Dead / Recovery of remains / Excavation / Exhumation
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To establish and regulate the administration and maintenance of the National Forensic DNA Database of South Africa; to provide for the conditions under which the samples or forensic DNA profiles derived from the samples may be retained or the periods within which they must be destroyed; to provide for the use of forensic DNA profiles in the investigation of crime and the use of such profiles in proving the innocence or guilt of persons before or during a prosecution or the exoneration of convicted persons, to assist in the identification of missing persons and unidentified human remains; to provide for protection of the rights of children in the retention and removal of forensic DNA profiles; to provide for oversight over the National Forensic DNA Database and the handling of complaints relating to the taking, retention and use of DNA samples and forensic DNA profiles.