Sealed Evidence Law and Legal Definition

The term "sealed evidence" can refer to two types of evidence. First, it can refer to evidence that is undisclosed or sealed by court order. This type of sealed evidence is not available to the public even though it may be included in court records.

Second, all evidence submitted to a forensic laboratory must be placed into a container that is properly sealed. The definition of a proper seal is a container of evidence that is secured to prevent access to the contents. If and when access is made, then the sealing mechanism will be broken. Sealing is done to prevent tampering. The seals that are usually accepted are:

1. Tape

2. Heat sealed packages

3. Packages with tamper proof seals