Forensic science, also known as criminalistics, is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly—on the criminal side—during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure.
Dr Audrey Giles describes the forensic techniques available to determine the origin and validity of documents and warns against mistaking graphologists for forensic handwriting specialists.
The scientific examination of documents has been an integral part of forensic science for almost a hundred years and many of the techniques developed over that period are still in use today. However, time does not stand still. The technology used to produce documents continues to evolve; the methods used to produce forgeries are ever more sophisticated; the expectations of lawyers and Courts are yet more demanding.
But forensic science is not sitting on its hands either –advances in techniques and technology mean that the forensic document examiner is fighting back.
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Actually the main areas of work in this discipline are same as they have been for a long time:
The particular challenge of handwriting and signature comparisons is that there is a degree of natural variability in everyone’s handwritings and signatures, both from day to day and over the years.