Protocols for Using Consultants and Specialists

Protocols for Using Consultants and Specialists

1. On occasion the Evidence Review Board may decide to consult with specialists that are not members of the Board.

2. Board members will search for and select consultants when the Board desires input from specialists.

3. Examples of types of specialists that may be used at the discretion of the Board:

A. Footprints impressions/trackways – a person renown for identifying the host of footprint tracks, an Anthropologist, an Anatomist, an Orthopedic doctor, a Primatologist, a Veterinarian associated with a zoo, et al.

B. Hand/knuckle impressions - an Anthropologist, an Anatomist, an Orthopedic doctor, a Primatologist, a Veterinarian associated with a zoo, et al.

C. Fingerprints – an Anthropologist, an Anatomist, an Orthopedic doctor, a Primatologist, a Forensic Fingerprint Analyst, a Crime Lab, et al.

D. Hair – a Veterinarian, a Microbiologist, a scientific laboratory that specializes in identifying possible host animals, a scientific laboratory specializing in extracting/analyzing DNA specimens, et al.

E. Soft tissue (skin, meat, internal organs) – an Anatomist, a doctor of Pathology, a Microbiologist, a scientific laboratory specializing in extracting/matching DNA specimens, et al.

F. Blood – an Anatomist, a doctor of Pathology, a Cytotechnologist, a Microbiologist, a scientific laboratory specializing in blood typing, identifying blood diseases and/or extracting/analyzing DNA specimens, et al.

G. Scat – a Veterinarian, a Microbiologist, a scientific laboratory specializing in examining digestive system parasites and/or extracting/analyzing DNA specimens, et al.

H. Photographs – a photographic laboratory, a person renown for analyzing and detecting photograph manipulations, et al.

I. Video recordings – a video laboratory, a person renown for analyzing and detecting video manipulations, et al.

J. Audio recordings – an audio recording engineer/studio, a University Professor specializing in audio recording analysis, et al.

K. Bone/teeth – an Anthropologist, a Veterinarian, a Dental expert, a laboratory specializing in identifying the host, et al.

 

4. Fees associated with consultants and specialists – the submitter/owner of the evidence will be expected to pay for all costs associated with the use of any consultant or laboratory, including shipping and handling costs. The Board will contact the submitter/owner of the evidence prior to incurring any fees. If the submitter/owner of the evidence does not agree to be responsible for the fees, the Board may opt to seek alternate funding sources and continue examining the evidence, or, alternatively, may return the evidence to the submitter/owner, discontinue any further analysis, and withhold rendering an opinion and a report.