North Carolina State Crime Laboratory Procedures and Protocols

The NC Department of Justice has posted the current procedures and protocols for the Crime Lab here. It is important that attorneys review the procedures that were in effect at the time that the evidence in the case was tested. The IDS forensic website can be used to locate current and historical procedures. This page is being continually updated as additional procedures are received. If the information you need is not available, please contact Sarah Rackley Olson.

The State Crime Lab currently has the majority of its policies and procedures drafted currently as "technical procedures." Previously, the lab had different types of policies and procedures, including technical procedures, quality assurance documents, lab policies, lab directives, and job descriptions.

Lab Inspections and Accreditation

The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board is an accrediting body that accredits public and private forensic science laboratories in the U.S. and internationally. The State Crime Laboratory has been accredited by ASCLD/LAB since 1988 and is reviewed by ASCLD/LAB annually. See below for accreditation applications and evaluations.

  • Click here to view lab accreditation documents.
Date Title Description
11/16/2009 Triad Regional Laboratory Accreditation Certificate
1/1/2009 Final Report ASCLD/LAB 2009 Final Report on Raleigh SBI lab
1/1/2009 Application-Raleigh 2009 Application for accreditation by Raleigh SBI lab
12/5/2008 Western Regional Laboratory Accreditation Certificate
12/5/2008 Crime Laboratory System Accreditation Certificate
12/5/2008 Raleigh Laboratory Accreditation Certificate
1/5/2007 2006 QA Audit 2006 DNA Section Quality Assurance Audit
12/16/2005 2005 QA Audit 2005 DNA Section Quality Assurance Audit
12/18/2003 2003 Raleigh Final Report 2003 inspection of SBI Lab
12/18/2003 2003 Western Lab Final Report 2003 inspection of SBI Lab
12/18/2003 ASCLD Lab Inspection Reports 2003 inspection of SBI Lab
8/1/2003 NC SBI Crime Lab Standards and Criteria Guideline of NC SBI crime lab standards and criteria
8/1/2003 ASCLD Criteria File Content Guide 2003 40-page document that asks and answers questions about operations of the crime lab
7/25/2003 Quality Assurance Program for the SBI Crime Laboratory North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Quality Assurance Manual Crime Laboratory Quality Assurance Manual Crime Laboratory
2/24/2003 2003 Application Application for accreditation
4/16/1999 Western Lab Summary Summation of criteria ratings
1/1/1999 ASCLD/LAB Annual Accreditation Review Report Cover Sheet One-page coversheet noting self-evaluation of current status
8/17/1998 1998 On-site Inspection On-site inspection report
8/17/1998 1998 Western Final Report 1998 inspection of Western SBI Lab
8/17/1998 1998 Raleigh Final Report 1998 inspection of SBI Lab

Internal Audits

Click here to view internal audit documents.

Date Title Description
2/8/2010 Memo to Asst. Dir. Jerry Richardson Memo re: 2010 Internal Audit of the Drug Chemistry Section
3/20/2002 2002 Annual Internal Audit of the Drug Chemistry Section Internal audit to determine compliance with ASBLD-LAB standards
2/1/2002 2002 Annual Internal Audit of the Drug Chemistry Section 2002 SBI internal ASCLD-LAB compliance audit drug chemistry section
2/1/2001 2001 Annual Internal Audit of the Clerical Services Unit to determine compliance with ASCLD-LAB Standards and Criteria during Calendar Year 2000 2001 SBI internal ASCLD-LAB compliance audit clerical services unit
2/1/2000 2000 Annual Internal Audit of the Clerical Services Unit to determine compliance with ASCLD-LAB Standards and Criteria 2000 SBI internal ASCLD-LAB compliance audit clerical services unit
4/16/1999 1999 Quality Assurance Audit of Clerical Services Unit 1999 guide for quality assurance audit of the clerical services unit

Laboratory-Wide Documents (Current and Historical)

Click here to view Lab Policies and Procedures

Date Title Description
8/29/2014 NC State Crime Laboratory Quality Manual Quality Manual for entire lab
4/18/2014 Procedure for Validation of Technical Procedures Guidelines for the development of new technical procedures and for the validation of standard and non-standard methods
4/18/2014 Procedure for the Use of Forensic Advantage (FA) Procedures for the use of the Forensic Advantage (FA) electronic information management system
4/18/2014 Procedure for Stop Work Orders Procedure for the completion of Stop Work Orders
4/18/2014 Procedure for Procurement and Receipt Procedure to procure and receive all supplies, equipment and services purchased by the State Crime Laboratory
4/18/2014 Procedure for Document Control and Management Requirements for the creation, revision, and control of quality documents used by State Crime Laboratory (Laboratory) employees
4/18/2014 Procedure for Conducting Audits and Management Reviews Procedure for conducting Quality System audits and management reviews
4/18/2014 Procedure for Complaints Procedure for ensuring that complaints which arise from outside of the State Crime Laboratory (Laboratory) are addressed
4/18/2014 NC State Crime Laboratory Quality Manual Quality Manual for entire lab
2/27/2014 NC State Crime Laboratory Quality Manual Quality Manual for entire lab
1/24/2014 Procedure for Ensuring the Quality of Test Results Procedure for monitoring activities in the State Crime Laboratory (Laboratory) Quality System
1/24/2014 NC State Crime Laboratory Quality Manual Quality Manual for entire lab
12/18/2013 NC State Crime Laboratory Quality Manual Quality Manual for entire laboratory
10/31/2013 Procedure for Facilities and Environmental Conditions Procedure to ensure environmental conditions of the laboratory do not adversely affect or invalidate the analysis of forensic evidence
10/31/2013 Procedure for Authorizing Deviations Actions required to approve deviations from technical procedures
10/31/2013 Safety Manual Procedures for ensuring safety at all facilities of the State Crime Laboratory
10/31/2013 Procedure for Ensuring the Quality of Test Results Procedure for monitoring the State Crime Laboratory Quality System
10/31/2013 Procedure for Equipment Calibration and Maintenance Schedule and requirements for calibration, performance verification, and maintenance of State Crime Laboratory testing instruments and equipment
10/31/2013 Procedure for Reporting Results Defines the process for preparing and issuing Laboratory Reports
10/31/2013 Procedure for Certification of Forensic Scientists Process for certification of Forensic Scientists
10/31/2013 Procedure for Complaints Procedure for addressing complaints which arise from outside of the State Crime Laboratory
10/31/2013 Procedure for Writing Technical Procedures Specifies when a technical procedure is needed and outlines the required elements for writing the technical procedure
10/31/2013 Procedure for Evaluating Customer Satisfaction Establishes a system for evaluating the services provided by the State Crime Laboratory
10/31/2013 Procedure for Obtaining Evidentiary Standards Procedure for requesting known comparison standards and returning evidence when proper standards are not submitted
10/31/2013 Procedure for Personnel Training Defines and documents a training program to ensure the competency of State Crime Laboratory personnel
10/31/2013 Procedure for Validation of Technical Procedures Establishes guidelines for development of new technical procedures and for the validation of standard and non-standard methods
10/31/2013 Procedure for Reviewing Laboratory Reports Procedure for completing the administrative review and technical review of lab reports
10/31/2013 Procedure for Procurement and Receipt Procedure for procuring and receiving supplies, equipment and services for the laboratory
10/31/2013 Procedure for Court Orders and Discovery Requests Establishes the process to receive and address court orders and discovery requests received by the laboratory
10/31/2013 Procedure for Record and Data Management Procedure for management of all records and data used by State Crime Laboratory employees
10/31/2013 Procedure for Preventive Action Establishes the process to track and prevent potential non-conformities in the laboratory
10/16/2013 Procedure for Corrective Action and Non-conformities Procedure to identify, track, investigate, and correct non-conformities within the State Crime Laboratory Quality Management System
10/16/2013 Procedure for Evidence Management Procedures for the submission, receipt, protection, accountability, marking, transfer, destruction, and return of evidence
10/16/2013 Procedure for the Use of Forensic Advantage Procedures for the use of the Forensic Advantage electronic information management system
10/16/2013 Procedure for Document Control and Management Provides requirements for the creation, revision, and control of quality documents used by State Crime Laboratory employees
10/16/2013 Procedure for Conducting Audits and Management Reviews Procedure for conducting Quality System audits and management reviews within the State Crime Laboratory
10/16/2013 Quality Manual Management and technical requirements addressing lab work quality
10/6/2013 Physical Evidence Examination Request Instructions Instructions for submitting evidence for analysis
9/1/2013 Evidence Guide Procedure and requirements for submitting evidence to each section of the lab
8/16/2013 Quality Manual Management and technical requirements addressing lab work quality
8/16/2013 Procedure for Reporting Results Defines the process for preparing and issuing Laboratory Reports
8/16/2013 Procedure for Stop Work Orders Procedure for the fulfillment of Stop Work Orders
5/30/2013 Procedure for Conducting Audits and Management Reviews Procedure for conducting Quality System audits and management reviews within the State Crime Laboratory
5/30/2013 Procedure for Complaints Procedure for addressing complaints which arise from outside of the State Crime Laboratory
5/30/2013 Procedure for Document Control and Management Provides requirements for the creation, revision, and control of quality documents used by State Crime Laboratory employees
5/30/2013 Procedure for Personnel Training Defines and documents a training program to ensure the competency of State Crime Laboratory personnel
5/30/2013 Procedure for Evaluating Customer Satisfaction Establishes a system for evaluating the services provided by the State Crime Laboratory
5/30/2013 Procedure for Equipment Calibration and Maintenance Schedule and requirements for calibration, performance verification, and maintenance of State Crime Laboratory testing instruments and equipment
5/14/2013 Quality Manual Management and technical requirements addressing lab work quality
5/14/2013 Procedure for Conducting Audits and Management Reviews Procedure for conducting Quality System audits and management reviews within the State Crime Laboratory
5/14/2013 Procedure for Procurement and Receipt Procedure for procuring and receiving all supplies, equipment and services purchased by the State Crime Laboratory
5/10/2013 Procedure for Reporting Results Defines the process for preparing and issuing Laboratory Reports
5/10/2013 Procedure for Ensuring the Quality of Test Results Procedure for monitoring the State Crime Laboratory Quality System
5/3/2013 Safety Manual Procedures for ensuring safety at all facilities of the State Crime Laboratory
5/3/2013 Procedure for Equipment Calibration and Maintenance Schedule and requirements for calibration, performance verification, and maintenance of State Crime Laboratory testing instruments and equipment
5/3/2013 Quality Manual Management and technical requirements addressing lab work quality
5/3/2013 Procedure for Conducting Audits and Management Reviews Procedure for conducting Quality System audits and management reviews within the State Crime Laboratory
3/22/2013 Procedure for Evidence Management Procedures for the submission, receipt, protection, accountability, marking, transfer, destruction, and return of evidence
3/8/2013 Procedure for Stop Work Orders Procedure for the fulfillment of Stop Work Orders
3/8/2013 Quality Manual Management and technical requirements addressing lab work quality
3/8/2013 Procedure for Authorizing Deviations Actions required to approve deviations from technical procedures
3/8/2013 Procedure for Corrective Action and Non-conformities Procedure to identify, track, investigate, and correct non-conformities within the State Crime Laboratory Quality Management System
3/8/2013 Procedure for Record and Data Management Procedure for management of all records and data used by State Crime Laboratory employees
3/8/2013 Procedure for Court Orders and Discovery Requests Process to receive and address court orders and discovery requests received by the State Crime Laboratory
3/8/2013 Procedure for Writing Technical Procedures Procedure specifies when a technical procedure is needed and outlines the required elements for writing the technical procedure
3/8/2013 Procedure for the Use of Forensic Advantage Procedures for the use of the Forensic Advantage electronic information management system
2/15/2013 Procedure for Authorizing Deviations Procedure describing the actions required to approve deviations from technical procedures
2/15/2013 Procedure for Reviewing Laboratory Reports Procedure for completing the administrative review and technical review of lab reports
2/15/2013 Procedure for Conducting Audits and Management Reviews Procedure for conducting Quality System audits and management reviews within the State Crime Laboratory
2/8/2013 Reporting Results Defines the process for preparing and issuing laboratory reports
12/7/2012 Document Control and Management Provides requirements for the creation, revision, and control of quality documents used by lab employees
12/7/2012 Personnel Training Defines the training program for laboratory personnel
12/7/2012 Authorizing Deviations Procedure for approving deviations from technical procedures
12/7/2012 Writing Technical Procedures Specifies when a technical procedure is needed and outlines the required elements for writing the technical procedure
12/7/2012 Ensuring the Quality of Test Results Describes the monitoring activities in the Laboratory Quality System
12/7/2012 Stop Work Orders Procedure for completion of Stop Work Orders
12/7/2012 Equipment Calibration and Maintenance Schedule and requirements for calibration, performance verification, and maintenance of lab testing instruments and equipment
12/7/2012 Reporting Results Defines the process for preparing and issuing laboratory reports
12/7/2012 Laboratory Quality Manual Version 3
10/26/2012 Conducting Audits and Management Reviews Establishes method by which Quality System audits and management reviews are performed within the laboratory
10/26/2012 Evidence Management Establishes procedures for submission, receipt, protection, accountability, marking, transfer, destruction, and return of evidence
10/26/2012 Record and Data Management Procedure to ensure proper management of all records and data used by laboratory employees
10/26/2012 Validation of Technical Procedures Establishes guidelines for development of new technical procedures and for the validation of standard and non-standard methods
9/21/2012 SBI-5 Supplement: Computer Forensics Examinations Form to provide additional required information for computer forensic examinations
9/21/2012 Rush Request Form Form for District Attorney to request a rush examination of evidence
9/17/2012 Laboratory Evidence Guide Guide for collecting samples at crime scene, packaging and submitting to the SBI
9/17/2012 Laboratory Safety Manual Crime Laboratory Safety Manual, Version 1
9/17/2012 Certification Procedure Process for certification of Forensic Scientists
9/17/2012 Corrective Action Establishes the process to identify, track, investigate, and correct non-conformities within the lab
9/17/2012 Procedures for Court Orders and Discovery Requests Establishes the process to receive and address court orders and discovery requests received by the laboratory
9/17/2012 Use of FA Procedures for using the Forensic Advantage (FA) electronic information management system
9/17/2012 Reviewing Laboratory Reports Procedures for administrative and technical reviews of laboratory reports
9/17/2012 Evaluating Customer Satisfaction Establishes a system for evalutating the services provided by the laboratory
9/17/2012 Facilities and Environmental Conditions Procedure to ensure environmental conditions of the laboratory do not adversely affect or invalidate the analysis of forensic evidence
9/17/2012 Obtaining Evidentiary Standards Procedure for requesting known comparison standards and returning evidence when proper standards are not submitted
9/17/2012 Procurement and Receipt Procedure for procuring and receiving supplies, equipment and services for the laboratory
9/17/2012 Preventive Action Establishes the process to track and prevent potential non-conformities in the laboratory
9/17/2012 Complaints Procedure for addressing complaints which arise from outside of the State Crime Laboratory
4/1/2012 Request for Expedited Examination To be filled out by DA's office
2/15/2012 Procedure for Equipment Calibration and Maintenance Schedule and requirements for calibration, performance verification, and maintenance of State Crime Laboratory testing instruments and equipment
2/1/2012 Request for Examination of Physical Evidence SBI-5 Form
7/1/2011 Supplement for Computer Forensics Requests
7/1/2011 Request for Examination of Physical Evidence Continuation Page SBI-5A Form
1/15/2010 Report Writing Manual Manual for Entire Lab
1/1/2010 Laboratory Evidence Guide Guide for collecting samples at crime scene, packaging and submitting to SBI
10/15/2009 Laboratory Safety Manual Crime Laboratory Safety Manual, Revision 4.1
7/14/2008 Quality Assurance Laboratory Manual Appendices to the QA Program Manual for Entire Lab
7/14/2008 Quality Assurance Laboratory Manual QA Program Manual for Entire Lab
5/1/2008 NC SBI Policy and Procedure Manual Policies and Procedures for the SBI (not limited to the SBI Lab)
1/1/2003 Crime Laboratory Safety Manual SBI Crime Lab Safety Manual for 2003
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Office Procedure Information
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Inspections
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Physical Evidence
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Reports and Records
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Jurisdiction
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Political Activities
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Equal Employment Opportunities
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Goals and Objectives
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Victim Witness Coordination
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Table of Contents (Procedures)
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Identification
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Firearms
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Use of Force
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Vehicle Operations
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Aircraft
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Criminal Intel and Resources
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Policy Index
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Material Resources
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Preface
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Table of Contents (Policies)
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Mission
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Special Operations
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Philosophy
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Communications
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Ethics and Conduct
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Organization
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Personnel Resources
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Planning and Research
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Fiscal Management
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Recruitment and Selection
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Training and Education
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Performance and Evaluations
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Career Development
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Promotion
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure News and Media Relations
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Constitutional Rights
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Lab Evidence Handling
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Technical Assistance
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Field Career Development
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Computer Services
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Electronic Surveillance
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Telephone Records
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Lab Court Appearances
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Inspections
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Lab Facility Protocol
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Victim-Witness Coordination
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Lab Case Prioritization
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Lab Quality System
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Bias-Based Profiling
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Investigative Uptdate-File Review
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Index
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Reimbursement of Travel Example
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Itemized Expenses
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Lab Records-Case Files
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Specialized Investigations
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Confidential Sources
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Field Physical Evidence
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Search and Seizure
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Arrest Procedures
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Juvenile Procedures
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure SBI Investigative Reports
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Special Funds
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Drug Investigations
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Criminal Intelligence
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Polygraph Use
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Investigative Hypnosis
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Security Assignments
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Raid Planning
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Internal Affairs
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Employee Health and Safety
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Governor's Reward
7/1/2002 Policy/Procedure Crime Scene Investigations

General Lab Directives (Historical)

Click here to view Lab Directives. In the past, Lab Directives were used to announce new lab policies. Many Lab Directives were later adopted as lab policies. It appears that the lab no longer issues Lab Directives and instead amends lab procedures and posts the newest version online.

Date Title Description
11/1/2003 Directive No. 03-05 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Suspension of Laboratory Services
8/15/2003 Directive No. 03-04 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Re-examination of Casework
8/15/2003 Directive No. 98-12 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Language Used in Laboratory Reports - Revised
8/11/2003 Directive No. 03-02 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Departure from Policies and Procedures - Revised
8/7/2003 Directive No. 98-09a Laboratory Case Files - Revised
8/7/2003 Directive No. 98-09 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Laboratory Case Files - Revised
7/25/2003 Directive No. 03-03 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Clandestine Laboratory Responses
7/25/2003 Index of Crime Laboratory Directives Index
7/25/2003 Directive No. 03-02 Departure from Policies and Procedures
3/28/2003 Directive No. 03-01 Memo from Assitant Director Jerry Richardson - Literature Review
3/28/2003 Directive No. 03-01 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Technical Literature Review for Employees
3/27/2003 Index of Crime Laboratory Directives Index
3/27/2003 Crime Lab Directives Memo: there were no Crime Laboratory Directives issued in 1997, 2000, 2001 and 2002
3/23/2003 Directive No. 98-10 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Gun Trace Requests - Rescinded
3/15/2003 Directive No. 96-01 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Crime Laboratory Directive System Established - Updated
3/15/2003 Directive No. 96-02 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Court Communications - Pagers and Vehicle Radios - Rescinded
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-01 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Approval of Requisition Worksheets - Rescinded
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-02 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Budget Requisition Issues - Updated
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-03 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Designation of Laboratory Quality Manager - Rescinded
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-04 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Monthly Inspection of Fire Extinguishers in Common Areas - Updated
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-05 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - New DNA Reporting and Testimony Guidelines - Updated
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-06 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Storage Facility for Putrid Evidence - Updated
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-07 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Disposal of Biohazardous Waste - Revised
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-08 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Review of Western Laboratory Case Files - Rescinded
3/15/2003 Directive No. 99-02 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Crime Laboratory Security Plan - Updated
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-11 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Evidence Seals - Revised
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-13 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Lunch Break Relief of State Capitol Police Officer - Updated
3/15/2003 Directive No. 99-01 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Proficiency Test Records - Rescinded
3/15/2003 Directive No. 98-14 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Evidence Handling Procedures for Explosives and Hazardous Devices - revised
3/1/1999 Directive No. 99-02 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Crime Laboratory Security Plan - Updated
1/25/1999 Directive No. 99-01 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Proficiency Test Records - Revised
10/8/1998 Directive No. 98-11 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Evidence Seals - Revised
8/26/1998 Directive No. 98-09 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Laboratory Case Files - Updated
8/26/1998 Directive No. 98-08 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Review of Western Laboratory Case Files - Rescinded
8/26/1998 Directive No. 98-09 Laboratory Case Files - Updated
7/30/1998 Directive No. 98-07 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Disposal of Biohazardous Waste - Revised
7/30/1998 Directive No. 98-12 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Language Used in Laboratory Reports - Updated
7/15/1998 Directive No. 96-02 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Court Communications - Pagers and Vehicle Radios - Updated
7/2/1998 Directive No. 98-05 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - New DNA Reporting and Testimony Guidelines - Updated
7/1/1998 Directive No. 98-06 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Storage Facility for Putrid Evidence - Updated
7/1/1998 Directive No. 98-04 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Monthly Inspection of Fire Extinguishers in Common Areas - Updated
7/1/1998 Directive No. 98-01 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Approval of Requisition Worksheets - Updated
5/14/1998 Directive No. 98-03 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Designation of Laboratory Quality Manager - Revised
5/14/1998 Directive No. 98-03 Designation of Laboratory Quality Manager - Revised
5/20/1996 Directive No. 96-01 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Crime Laboratory Directive System Established - Updated
4/16/1996 Directive No. 98-02 Memo from Assistant Director Jerry Richardson - Budget Requisition Issues - Updated

Analyst Testimony Evaluations (Historical)

Click here to view records regarding analyst court testimony. Resumes of analysts are available under the section of the lab where the analyst works.

Date Title Description
4/30/2004 2003-2004 Court Testimony Evaluations Table of SBI analyst testimony evaluations
4/30/2004 1999-2004 Court Testimony Evaluations Spreadsheet of SBI analyst testimony evaluations - notes the analyst name, date of testimony, location, who monitored the testimony and whether feedback was acknowledged. Testimony is monitored by another analyst or a district attorney.
4/30/2003 2002-2003 Court Testimony Evaluations Spreadsheet of SBI analyst testimony evaluations
4/30/2002 2001-2002 Court Testimony Evaluations Spreadsheet of SBI analyst testimony evaluations
4/30/2001 2000-2001 Court Testimony Evaluations Spreadsheet of SBI analyst testimony evaluations
4/30/2000 1999-2000 Court Testimony Evaluations Spreadsheet of SBI analyst testimony evaluations

Digital Evidence

The Digital Evidence Section of the State Crime Lab analyzes forensic computer and cell phone evidence and performs video and audio analysis.

Drug Chemistry and Toxicology

The Drug Chemistry and Toxicology Section of the State Crime Lab performs drug analysis to identify controlled substances and toxicology analysis to identify controlled substances in blood.

Firearms and Tool Mark

The Firearms and Tool Mark Section of the State Crime Lab examines and compares bullets, cartridge cases and shotgun shells as well as other tool marks.

Forensic Biology and DNA

The Forensic Biology and DNA Section of the State Crime Lab analyzes blood, body fluids, and tissue, examines crime scenes, and performs DNA analysis. The section currently divides its procedures into four categories: Body Fluid, CODIS, DNA Casework and DNA Database procedures. Previously, procedures from these sub-disciplines were combined.

Latent Evidence

The Latent Evidence Section of the State Crime Lab analyzes fingerprints, palm prints, foot prints, tiremarks and other impression evidence.

Trace Evidence

The Trace Evidence Section of the State Crime Lab examines trace particles such as hair, fiber, glass, arson debris, gun shot residue and other particles.

Documents Section (Historical)

The Documents Section of the State Crime Lab previously performed forensic document examinations. This section of the lab is no longer operational. Click here to view the historical section directives, quality assurance materials, and job descriptions for this section.

Date Title Description
7/29/2003 Documents and Digital Evidence Section Directives Directives for the section from 1995-2003, includes rescinded directives
7/29/2003 Documents and Digital Evidence Section Statement of Qualifications Resumes and coursework completed for analysts in Documents and Digital Evidence Section
1/1/2003 Forensics Documents Analyst Supervisor Position Description Form for Forensics Documents Analyst Supervisor
6/1/1996 Quality Assurance Program for Questioned Documents Examinations Qualification of personnel, control of equipment, procedures, case reporting, and other requirements for the section

Evidence Control and Administrative Services Sections (Historical)

The Evidence Control Section of the State Crime Lab is responsible for storing evidence while it is located at the Crime Lab. The Administrative Services Section responds to inquiries for case information, maintains case files, and manages court appearances. Current Evidence Control and Administrative procedures are listed in the Laboratory-Wide Documents section.

Regional Crime Labs

The Western Crime Lab is located in Asheville and performs arson investigation, latent evidence analysis, drug analysis, and firearms and tool mark analysis. The Triad Crime Lab is located in Greensboro and performs digital evidence and latent evidence analysis. The Western and Triad Crime Labs now operate under the same procedures as the State Crime Lab in Raleigh.