17 May 2019

DNA testing could help resolve Pacific land disputes - lawyer

From , 3:01 pm on 17 May 2019

A Cook Islands lawyer says the use of DNA evidence could speed up the resolution of disputes over land ownership.

Last week, DNA results were read out in the Cook Islands Land Court in the hearing of a claim over native freehold lands.

The Cook Islands News reports that it's the first time DNA testing was brought before the court.

The lawyer representing the claimants in the case, Tina Browne, told Mackenzie Smith the tests are more reliable than using witnesses.

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