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Is it an offence to covertly obtain a body sample

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Is it an offence for someone to covertly obtain a body sample (hair) from a man posthumously in order to have a DNA paternity test done on the sample to see if this man could be their father?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: New Zealand Law
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 5 months ago.
The criminal law has not kept up with these issues. It would need to be dealt with as an evidential issue, in the civil jurisdiction of the court, and the judge would need to balance the way the evidence was obtained against the probative value, that is, its importance for proof of the issue.
Expert:  Chris The Lawyer replied 5 months ago.
So, no, it is not a criminal offence

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