Handwriting General Discussion

Handwriting is the scientific evaluation and comparison of the writing features / characteristics present in handwriting and signatures, and is carried out using low power microscopes and varying lighting conditions.

In cases where the authorship of a piece of handwriting is unknown, or is being disputed / questioned, the role of the handwriting expert is to compare that handwriting with specimen (or reference) handwriting of an individual(s) suspected of being the author.

In a similar vein, signatures that are disputed can be compared with specimen signatures of the individual it purports to be, to establish if it is genuine or an attempted forgery.

Handwriting comparison is frequently requested in both criminal & civil cases, as well as tribunals and disciplinary proceedings, and we regularly undertake the examination of a large number of different document types including completed application forms (loan, mortgage etc), letters, cheques, legal documents such as wills and tenancy agreements, diary entries, drug dealer “tick lists” and handwritten envelopes.