Section 1255.10  Purpose


The purpose of this Part is to provide procedures and define responsibilities for the submission of sexual assault evidence in connection with the investigation of a criminal case to a Department of State Police laboratory or a laboratory approved and designated by the Director of the State Police.


Section 1255.20  Definitions


Unless otherwise specified, all terms shall have the meanings set forth in Section 5 of the Act.


"Act" means the Sexual Assault Evidence Submission Act [725 ILCS 202].


"Approved Laboratories" means all laboratories within Illinois that are designated as National DNA Index System (NDIS) Participating by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that are approved by the Director of the Department of State Police under this statute.  For example, all Illinois State Police laboratories that conduct DNA casework, the DuPage County Forensic Science Center, and the Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory are approved laboratories, provided the individual laboratories maintain their respective status as NDIS Participating laboratories.


"CODIS" means the Combined DNA Index System.


"Department" means the Department of State Police.


 "DNA Record" means the DNA profile or genetic marker grouping.


"Law Enforcement Agency" means local, county, state or federal law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of sexual assault cases in Illinois.


Section 1255.30  Responsibilities


a)         Law Enforcement Agencies


1)         By October 15, 2010, each law enforcement agency is required to complete and submit to the Department an inventory of sexual assault cases that have not previously been submitted to a laboratory as described in Section 20 of the Act, per the instructions provided by the Department.  


2)         Each law enforcement agency must confirm the submitted inventory form is a complete listing of all previously unsubmitted sexual assault cases in its possession.


b)         Illinois State Police


1)         The Department will provide, by mail, to each law enforcement agency instructions for completing the inventory of cases required by Section 20 of the Act. 


2)         By February 15, 2011, the Department will submit a plan for analyzing cases submitted pursuant to this Act to the Governor, the Attorney General, and both houses of the General Assembly.


Section 1255.40  Procedures for Submission


a)         Certification


1)         All sexual assault cases submitted to the laboratory pursuant to any Section of the Act must include a certification that the evidence is submitted in connection with a criminal investigation, as required by Section 30 of the Act.  The submitting law enforcement agency must sign the certification required by this subsection (a)(1), stating the evidence is part of a prior or current criminal investigation, for each submission of evidence.  This certification relates to the status of the investigation (whether it is criminal or non-criminal) at the time of submission.  Evidence from cases that subsequent to collection have been determined to be non-criminal cannot be submitted for analysis since DNA profiles from non-criminal cases are prohibited from being entered into the CODIS database.  This certification, to accompany each case submission, is required to ensure that the laboratories are able to comply with all federal and State laws for entering and searching DNA profiles, at the State level, of CODIS.  The certification shall read as follows:


This evidence is being submitted by (name of investigating law enforcement agency) in connection with a prior or current criminal investigation. (Section 30 of the Act)


2)         With approval of the Department's Forensic Sciences Commander or designee, the statutory certification described in subsection (a)(1) may be incorporated into other documentation in lieu of a separate certification form.


b)         Required Signatures


1)         Prior to submission, the law enforcement agency must ensure that all required signatures are obtained for the Patient Consent/Authorization to Release Information and Evidence to Law Enforcement Agency form within the Illinois State Police Sexual Assault Evidence Kit.  This includes:


A)        the patient, parent or guardian signing the consent authorizing evidence preservation and collection; and


B)        the patient, parent or guardian, investigating officer or DCFS representative signing the release portion of the form, authorizing release of information.


2)         A case cannot be accepted for laboratory analysis without the required signatures.


c)         Sexual assault evidence submitted to the laboratory pursuant to any Section of the Act must adhere to the laboratory's case acceptance policy. The law enforcement agency and the laboratory will work together to determine which items of evidence in each case will be submitted. Submissions may be limited to only the most probative evidence collected in the case, as well as any known DNA standards required for the laboratory to properly interpret DNA results.  For example, such known DNA standards could be those from the victim, the suspect and a husband/consensual partner, depending on the specific case circumstances.


d)         A complete inventory of all previously unsubmitted sexual assault cases, as described by Section 20 of the Act, regardless of statute of limitations or current prosecutorial/investigative status, must be submitted electronically to the Illinois State Police by October 15, 2010, as per the instructions provided by the Department, unless an alternate submission method is approved by the Department's Forensic Sciences Commander or designee.


Section 1255.50  Expungement of Records


Upon receipt of notification from the investigating law enforcement agency or State's Attorney's Office by the approved laboratory that analyzed the case that a DNA record, uploaded into CODIS pursuant to the Act, was not connected to a criminal investigation, the DNA record will be removed from the local, State and national CODIS databases.  Written confirmation will be sent to the submitting law enforcement agency by the approved laboratory verifying the expungement is completed.