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
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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.
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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.
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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
See also: chain
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In any chain of evidence, what constitutes a link and what is adjudicated as verification is subject to question.
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The books were nothing but scattered pieces of historical events of few prophets (peace be upon them all) carrying no chain of evidence in their narrations.
Because of the local towns peoples 'reaction, the National Parks and police unit had to withdraw and return the next day, by which time the exhibits--such as the firearms--had disappeared, effectively breaking the chain of evidence.