Handwriting Analysis. http://basepair.library.umc.edu/FBLM/BASE%20PAIR%20LABS/CSI%20UMMC/G%20-%20Handwriting%20Analysis.ppt. There are two types of hand writing analysis groups.
Questioned Document Examiner or Forensic Document Examiner =determining whether a questioned writing of unknown origin was authored by a person whose known writings are available
Graphology study of how handwriting reflects a persons personality and character traits
Forensic Document Examiner
Forensic Document Examiner
(we all learned the same techniques to begin writing in grade school)
Handwriting is distal, meaning that it occurs at the extremities and involves fine motor activity as opposed to a skill like walking which is proximal - a large, or gross motor skill. One reason individuals find it difficult to simulate the handwriting of others is that to do so successfully requires understanding the essence of the writer's motor control program and executing that same program.
Can you describe an individual's personality from examining handwriting?
No, forensic document examination does not develop information about personality. There is a separate field of study called "Graphology" which deals with personality and handwriting.
Can right or left handedness be detected by examining handwriting?
Contrary to popular belief, there are three things that can not be reliably ascertained by examining handwriting. One of those is the "handedness" of the writer. The other two things are the author's gender and age.
Rarely. Some writers style of writing is a mix of cursive and printed forms, thereby allowing the examiner to carry out some level of examination on either cursive or printed writing. There are also many factors other than letter formation that enter into the examination and and analysis process. However, it is generally accepted that the materials to be compared need to be written in the same style: cursive to cursive, hand printing to hand printing, upper case to upper case, lower case to lower case,
Can you compare printed writing to cursive writing?
Yes, it is possible, but the examiner must first learn about the characteristics of the written language and how that writing is taught
Can you examine documents in a foreign language?
This question must be answered on a case by case basis. If the copy is of good quality, and if there is enough information in the writing to allow an opinion, a copy can be sufficient. But there are some situations where the opinion rests on a subtle aspect of the writing that might only be visible on an original viewed under the microscope.
Can a document examiner work with photocopies of questioned documents?
There is a wide range in reproduction quality of faxed documents. Until recently a faxed document was of minimal use for comparison of handwriting. The fax process could digitize the writing line, obscure details, and add flaws to the document. A large number of fax machines still produce poor quality documents. However, there are now higher quality fax machines, and there is also a process of electronic faxing in which a document is scanned and transmitted to a virtual fax number through the internet
Can a client fax documents to you for examination?
worked on it.