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11.2.3 Analysis Report

The official document used for investigation or prosecution is the report. The report summarizes the worksheet, but lacks the depth of scientific detail. One need not mention GC/MS on the report, for example; only the description of the evidence and the Summary of findings is relevant. If needed, the court officers will request the worksheet (such as to have another expert examine it), but this is rare.

John S. Riley, DSB Scientific Consulting