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Forensic Document Examination

Society has evolved today into literally a world of documents. Documents depict man, his ideas, his words and his works. Whether one’s interests and pursuits be business, educational, governmental, military, scientific, investigative, social, legal, or criminal, it is inevitable that every individual will generate or create some form of document trail. The trail begins from the moment of our birth and follows us to, and sometimes beyond, our graves. Although silent, they stand as competent witnesses to the thoughts and motivations of their authors. Often the validity of such documents, their content or the genuineness of authorship comes into question. When a document is questioned or appears spurious the services of a qualified forensic document examiner should be sought.

Identifying Forgery
& Fraud


A forensic document examiner makes critical examinations, comparisons, and analysis of documents to establish genuineness or expose forgery. Specifically, a document examiner may be utilized to reveal alterations, additions or deletions, to identify persons through documents or parts of documents, as by showing the authorship of handwriting, or the source of printer entries and typewriting, to aid in fixing liability or culpability for any kind of fraud that makes use of documents, and generally to help protect the ·integrity of documents. Typical problems in the field include the identification of paper, ink and writing instruments as well as the establishment of date, source, history and relationships of documents. Other problems are the decipherment and sometimes restoration of obscure, deleted, or damaged parts of documents.

Questions concerning documents are answered through the application of sound scientific principles and knowledge gained from experience. The examiner of questioned document also brings into the analysis knowledge and use of applied techniques in a number of other fields, such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, language studies, etc. Other fields of interest to the examiner embrace manufacturing processes and the materials that go into the production of documents, as well as the methods, machines, instruments, and human agencies by which the parts of the documents are formed or brought together.

Forensic document examination often includes a study of the information provided by a document for discovery of evidence of genuineness, identification of persons, or to show significant relationships. The results of the analysis are usually incorporated into written reports for use by administrative and executive officers, boards, commissions, lawyers, security, investigation and law enforcement agencies, and often form the basis for testimony in both civil and criminal trials.


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    A forensic laboratory specializing in forensic document examination, counterfeit and forgery identification.

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    P.O. Box 570, Eganville ON. K0J 1T0, Canada
    +1 (905) 895-2699