What is Forensic Handwriting Identification?

Forensic Handwriting Identification is the science of determining the authenticity of a specimen of handwriting.  Forensic Handwriting Identification is one facet of document examination.  In South Africa, the most common enquiry to a document examiner, is to assess the genuineness of signatures on official documents, although other

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Standardisation of Forensic Document Examiner Training

Standardisation of Forensic Document Examiner Training    Interesting article. It seems the America fraternity have the same problem as we in South Africa with regards to Forensic Document Examination training.   It is ironic that despite there being no regulatory authority in this field in South Africa, that unjustified comparisons can

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Theoretical framework for handwriting analysis

Recently I heard a radio announcer mock an educationist for suggesting that handwriting analysis be used to understand children a little better.  From the announcer’s comments, it was quite clear she was ignorant about what handwriting analysis involves.  An academic who was questioned over the air was emphatic

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Impromptu handwriting analysis

Increasingly promotions and other companies in Johannesburg, are requesting handwriting analysts to do impromptu analyses and then to provide 15 – 30 minute feedback to the writer.  This raises an ethical dilemma.   Handwriting analysis simply cannot be seen as a gimmick as it contains a great deal

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Public Perception of Handwriting Analysis

Can handwriting analysis as a measurement of personality, be taken seriously? Let’s start by asking, can one take finger print analysis seriously?  Can one take the Rorschach projective test interpretation seriously?  Is the interpretation of the’DAT’ reliable, creditable?  None of the above falls into the ambit of

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