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Handwriting Examination

The main purpose of a handwriting examination is to determine the authorship of two sets of writing. Were they written by the same person or were they produced by different people?

A handwriting examination will determine the authorship of malicious letters, who may have written a Will, or who completed disputed cheques.

Handwriting specimens need to be in the same style as the writing in dispute. For example, it is only possible to compareBLOCK with BLOCK or lower case with lower case. 

The best handwriting specimens should have been written as part of everyday life. In addition, they should be from the same time period as the writing in dispute. It also helps if some are original rather than being photocopies. Examples of suitable specimens could be letters, diaries, business documents or college work.

If you cannot obtain course of business writing, then request samples can be taken. Request samples should be dictated from the writing in dispute. If the writing is short we would need a number of versions of the text. For a longer piece of writing, a number of different paragraphs are advisable.

The appeal was allowed, primarily due to the expert evidence in relation to ESDA. The convictions have been quashed. We are very grateful for your assistance throughout and hopefully look forward to working with you again in the future.

Solicitor – Northern Ireland

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