chain of custody


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A formally documented continuity of possession, and proof of integrity of evidence collected, which establishes each person having custody/being in possession of the evidence

chain of custody

Chain of evidence Forensic medicine A formally documented continuity of possession, and proof of integrity of evidence collected, which establishes each person having custody/being in possession of the evidence; Note: The CoC is the path that objects–eg bullets, knives or clinical specimens–eg semen specimen in rape must take for these materials to be legally accepted as evidence in court. See Admissible evidence, Rape, SART.

chain of cus·to·dy

(chān kŭs'tŏ-dē)
A procedure that makes certain that a biologic specimen is always in the custody of a person legally responsible for maintaining the integrity of the sample. The chain begins with patient identification, continues during collection, processing, and testing. Every step in the process is monitored and documented (e.g., date, time, and identification of the handler). Additional documentation includes special containers, sealing material, and forms.

chain of custody

A verifiable procedure that tracks the movement and location of physical evidence (e.g., medical samples taken during a rape examination) through its shipping, handling, and processing at a clinical laboratory until it is presented in court..
See: rape
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Chain of custody is required in the disclosure of a cyber crime case because it contains a special procedure for documenting the disclosure flow of the case [14].
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The granting of these certificates is evidence of Smurfit Kappa's objective to fully comply with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Chain of Custody certification schemes.
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Carriers that ship hazardous materials would have to provide a security chain of custody for the materials and be able to locate them within one hour of a TSA request.
"Given that inadvertent contamination of the samples used for DNA testing may have occurred at any time during the 18-year period between collection of the evidence and testing, it is necessary to have a comprehensive accounting of the evidentiary chain of custody as well as the handling procedures followed by the Commonwealth since the evidence was originally collected in order to properly evaluate the accuracy of the test results," Mr.
While the task of specifying LEED compatible materials falls on the architect, documenting the chain of custody for all building components falls on the contractor.
Quoting the UK Accreditation Service, defence lawyer Kieron Vaughan revealed the service noted "evidence of a breakdown of systems for chain of custody".
The combination of security containers and on-site shredding provides an unbroken chain of custody until the material is destroyed."
Contractors are, therefore, often presented with specifications that include reference to particular timber species which must carry Chain of Custody Certification.