International Journal of Speech Language and the Law, Vol 1, No 2 (1994)

The structure of forensic handwriting and signature comparisons

Bryan Found, David Dick, Doug Rogers
Issued Date: 18 Feb 2013

Abstract


The method of comparing questioned to known handwriting and signature formations is complex in that there are many steps where subjective judgements need to be made. With the introduction of computer aided examinations, more information should become available to the examiner on which to base subjective decisions. It is unlikely however that the majority of these subjective steps will be excluded. Decisions as to the consistency of a given questioned image to a body of standard images are based almost entirely on an individual's ability to make reasoned choices in view of the limitations of the technique that they are performing. This article summarizes a method used to compare handwriting in the forensic environment and is primarily aimed at forensic practitioners who are new to document examination or related disciplines and to individuals with a legal background who require a basic understanding of the structure of forensic handwriting examination.

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DOI: 10.1558/ijsll.v1i2.183

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