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chain of custody

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n. ~ 1. Records · The succession of offices or persons who have held materials from the moment they were created. - 2. Law · The succession of officers or individuals who have held real evidence from the moment it is obtained until presented in court.

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In both senses, the ability to demonstrate an unbroken chain of custody is an important test of the authenticity of records or evidence.

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology