Choosing a handwriting expert/forensic document examiner


It is important that you instruct an experienced, trained expert. As highlighted in the 'About Me' section, I have undertaken a full two year training programme covering all aspects of forensic document examination and have 15 years' experience reporting casework. My examination findings are peer reviewed, where appropriate, by another experienced expert.

I would recommend that you consider the following factors when choosing an expert to examine your disputed handwriting, signature or document:

 

  • Whether the person you are considering has training as a graphologist or a forensic document examiner.
     

  • If the expert lists particular certifications or diplomas, have you confirmed from what organisations these have been granted, and do these qualifications have general acceptance?
     

  • Does the expert carry out all aspects of document examination including the comparison of handwriting, signatures, inks, printing methods and the examination of documents for alterations, indented impressions of writing and security features?
     

  • Will the work be peer-reviewed before the final result is released and will it be in the form of a court-compliant report?
     

  • Does the expert hold at least an undergraduate science degree?
     

  • Will the expert be willing to attend court to provide evidence and undergo cross-examination, if necessary?
     

  • Have you been provided with a detailed quotation for the work with terms of business?

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