Section 12-21-300

Offering of certificate of analysis in lieu of testimony.

(a) In any criminal case, or juvenile or family court case which is of a criminal nature, the prosecuting authority may offer a certificate of analysis as described below, in lieu of direct testimony. The court shall receive as evidence the certificate of analysis from any of the following:

(1) A person performing an analysis or examination in any laboratory operated by the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences or authorized by the department to conduct an analysis or examination of the type performed.

(2) A person performing an analysis or examination in any criminalistics laboratory established pursuant to federal law.

(b) To be admissible pursuant to this section, a certificate of analysis shall contain all of the following:

(1) The date and time the evidence was delivered to the facility.

(2) The name of the person making the delivery, and the name of the person receiving the delivery.

(3) A brief description of the evidence.

(4) The type of examination or analysis requested.

(5) The name of the person making the examination or analysis.

(6) The date or dates of the examination or analysis.

(7) The results of the examination or analysis.

The certificate of analysis shall give the name and address of the facility in which the examination or analysis was made, and it shall be signed by and sworn to as true and correct, under penalty of law, by the person making the examination or analysis.

(Acts 1995, No. 95-743, p. 1688, §1.)