23-3-19.3. Copy of statement of laboratory's or certified chemist's findings as prima facie evidence of facts therein--Force and effect--Personal testimony at accused's request. A copy of a statement of the methods and findings of any examination or analysis conducted by employees of the State Forensic Laboratory or by a certified chemist employed by a law enforcement agency within the state, authenticated under oath by the employee, is prima facie evidence in all grand jury, court, parole, probation, and contested case proceedings in the State of South Dakota of the facts contained therein reciting the methods and findings.
The statement has the same force and effect as if the person who performed the analysis or examination had testified in person. An accused person or the accused's attorney may request that the person in the State Forensic Laboratory or the certified chemist employed by a law enforcement agency within the state, who conducted the examination testify in person at a criminal trial, parole revocation, or probation revocation, concerning the examination or analysis.
Source: SL 1979, ch 158, § 5; SL 1985, ch 188, § 3; SL 1996, ch 152; SL 2006, ch 132, § 1.
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