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Chain of Custody Form
Chain of custody, in a legal context, refers to the chronological documentation or paper trail, showing the seizure, custody, control, transfer, analysis, and disposition of physical or electronic evidence.
When evidence can be used in court to convict persons of crimes, it must be handled in a scrupulously careful manner to prevent tampering or contamination. The idea behind recording the chain of custody is to establish that the alleged evidence is in fact related to the alleged crime, rather than having, for example, been “planted” fraudulently to make someone appear guilty.
The purpose of a Property Receipt is to establish a record of the evidence, or
property collected and submitted.
The Property Receipt also establishes the chain of custody for documenting the collection of evidence or property, in the field or in a custody setting, including :
Authority to obtain Bank Account Details
This form will allow the case investigator to approach the bank where the victim, or suspect, maintains bank accounts and obtain details about the accounts themselves, as well as any pertinent transaction details.
Appointment of Consultant
A consultant is a professional who provides expert advice in a particular area such as security (electronic or physical), education, forensics, law, or any of many other specialized fields.
A consultant is usually an expert or an experienced professional in a specific field and has a wide knowledge of the subject matter. By hiring a consultant, clients have access to deeper levels of expertise than would be financially feasible for them to retain in-house on a long-term basis. As well, clients can control their expenditures on consulting services by only purchasing as much services from the outside consultant as desired.
It is important to document the appointment of any Consultants used on investigations.
Consultant Performance Appraisal
Of equal important to the documentation of the appointment of any Consultants, is an appraisal of the Consultants performance and work product. This appraisal maintains a record that can be referred to in later years if any queries come to light, or if the company wishes to re-hire the Consultant.
Receipt for Cash Seized
It is likely that investigators will find cash linked to criminal conduct during the course of their duties. This could be during any civil, or criminal investigation and particularly when searching persons, premises and vehicles. It is vital to record the circumstances where the cash was found as well as all the details about the cash itself, both to maintain the chain of custody and to protect the investigator from any claims of malfeasance.
Digital Evidence Examination Request
This continues the chain of custody process and documents the request for the forensic examination of digital evidence. Correctly completing this document prior to the start of the digital forensic process will demonstrate that the investigator applied the forensic process with a clear objective and did not embark on a "fishing" expedition.
Chain of Custody Form
Authority for Bank Details
Seized Cash Receipt
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