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Join one of Canada’s leading DNA experts as she drills down on the fundamentals of Forensic DNA evidence.

Forensic DNA evidence is critical to many investigations and can often make or break a case. It is a very complex area of evidence that is constantly evolving. If you are a professional working in the criminal justice arena it is imperative that you have a current and solid understanding of the fundamentals of forensic DNA issues, both from both a scientific and a legal perspective.

This intensive & concise, multi-module program will provide you with the foundational knowledge you need to navigate the complexities of interpreting and effectively using and countering forensic DNA evidence. Topics include:

  • Demystifying the science of forensic DNA
  • How to accurately read and interpret a forensic DNA report
  • Importance of laboratory accreditation
  • The reliability of scientific results
  • Understanding what “random match probability” estimates mean and how they are generated, including common pitfalls when communicating these
  • What should you expect or produce in a file disclosure?
  • Understanding how the DNA databank works
  • Selecting reliable and qualified experts
  • When experts testify – questions that need to be asked and answered before and on the stand

You can enjoy this online program 24/7, on your computer, tablet or mobile device. The on demand features mean that you can learn at your own speed and set your own training schedule, with full access to program for 60 days.


  • Cecilia Hageman, Ph.D., LL.B., LL.M., Assistant Professor; Undergrad Program Director, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Forensic Scientist, Center of Forensic Sciences (former)

Group Discounts

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice.

Webcast Fee per Delegate

2-3 delegates: 25% off program fee
4-10 delegates: 30% off program fee
11+ delegates: 35% off program fee
Boardroom rates available.


The video stream will be sent to you via email as soon as payment is successfully processed.


All sales are final. Please make all enquiries related to program content and CPD/MCLE credit hours prior to purchase.

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Program Details

Delivery Method

Web - Program On Demand

Date Recorded
April 1, 2016
Running Time


Fee per Delegate

$365 plus HST

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Crown counsel
  • Criminal defence lawyers
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Forensic Scientists
  • Judges

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