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chain of custody


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.


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