N.Y. Executive Law Section 995

When used in this article, the following words and terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section:


For purposes of general forensic analysis the term “forensic laboratory” shall mean any laboratory operated by the state or unit of local government that performs forensic testing on evidence in a criminal investigation or proceeding or for purposes of identification.


For purposes of forensic DNA analysis, the term “forensic DNA laboratory” shall mean any forensic laboratory operated by the state or unit of local government, that performs forensic DNA testing on crime scenes or materials derived from the human body for use as evidence in a criminal proceeding or for purposes of identification and the term “forensic DNA testing” shall mean any test that employs techniques to examine deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) derived from the human body for the purpose of providing information to resolve issues of identification. Regulation pursuant to this article shall not include DNA testing on materials derived from the human body pursuant to title five of article five of the public health law for the purpose of determining a person’s genetic disease or medical condition and shall not include a laboratory operated by the federal government.


“DNA testing methodology” means methods and procedures used to extract and analyze DNA material, as well as the methods, procedures, assumptions, and studies used to draw statistical inferences from the test results.


“Blind external proficiency testing” means a test sample that is presented to a forensic laboratory for forensic DNA testing through a second agency, and which appears to the analysts to involve routine evidence submitted for forensic DNA testing.


“DNA” means deoxyribonucleic acid.


“State DNA identification index” means the DNA identification record system for New York state established pursuant to this article.


“Designated offender” means a person convicted of any felony defined in any chapter of the laws of the state or any misdemeanor defined in the penal law except:


a person convicted of prostitution under section 230.00 of the penal law, or


a person whose participation in the offense is determined by a court to have been a result of having been a victim of sex trafficking under section 230.34 of the penal law, sex trafficking of a child under section 230.34-a of the penal law, or trafficking in persons under the trafficking victims protection act (United States Code, Title 22, Chapter 78).


“DNA record” means DNA identification information prepared by a forensic DNA laboratory and stored in the state DNA identification index for purposes of establishing identification in connection with law enforcement investigations or supporting statistical interpretation of the results of DNA analysis. A DNA record is the objective form of the results of a DNA analysis sample.


“DNA subcommittee” shall mean the subcommittee on forensic DNA laboratories and forensic DNA testing established pursuant to subdivision thirteen of § 995-B (Powers and duties of the commission)section nine hundred ninety-five-b of this article.


“Commission” shall mean the commission on forensic science established pursuant to § 995-A (Commission on forensic science)section nine hundred ninety-five-a of this article.

Source: Section 995 — Definitions, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/EXC/995 (updated Dec. 24, 2021; accessed Jun. 8, 2024).

Jun. 8, 2024

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