§ 1 Definitions
§ 2 State DNA database; director
§ 3 Submission of DNA sample
§ 4 Collection of DNA samples; civil liability; costs
§ 5 Collection materials for DNA samples
§ 6 Filing and storage of DNA records
§ 7 Laboratories and facilities
§ 8 Rules governing testing and analysis; quality assurance program; independent forensic laboratories
§ 9 Confidentiality of records
§ 10 Furnishing of records by director
§ 11 Failure to provide DNA sample; penalty
§ 12 Unauthorized disclosure of records; penalty
§ 13 Obtaining records without proper authorization; penalty
§ 14 Tampering with DNA sample or DNA record; penalty
§ 15 Expungement of record

Terms Used In Massachusetts General Laws > Chapter 22E

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.