Criminal or Civil situations involving handwriting, such as ransom notes, forged signatures, and fraudulent papers, require the use of professional handwriting experts.
Who is Handwriting Examiner/Expert?
A forensic handwriting expert is also known as a forensic document examiner, handwriting analyst, handwriting examiner, graphologist, or questioned document examiner.
A handwriting expert’s role and responsibilities are primarily to detect whether a document has been forged or tampered with electronically or otherwise; determine authorship of written documents in the event of a dispute; and attempt to predict the writer’s mood from his/her handwriting, particularly when criminal offences are involved.
What is Handwriting Examination/Analysis?
Handwriting analysis entails a thorough comparison of a questioned document and known handwriting of a suspected writer. Specific habits, traits, and individualities of the questioned document and the known specimen are assessed and compared for similarities and differences.
Handwriting Examination/Analysis work on Following Principles:
The principle of handwriting analysis is that no two people can write precisely the same writing and that no one can recreate his own handwriting perfectly, which is known as variation. Variations are naturally occurring differences in a person’s handwriting.
Where Handwriting Examiners Work?
Certified handwriting examiners are associated in government, law enforcement, and the judiciary system.
Work of Handwriting Examiners
►Handwriting examination and identification for the purpose of detecting forgery.
►Examining handwritten letters, papers, and other items to determine their authenticity.
►Examining and comparing handwriting or signatures on letters, papers, and so on with the writings or signatures of the individuals in question.
►Noting slightly odd retouching, erasures, obliterations, and so forth.
►Determine the veracity or fraud of signatures and writings.
►Reporting findings to courts or other legal authorities.
►Creating a system for reusing cancelled postage or other stamps.
►Attending court to testify.
How to become Handwriting Examiner?
Here, I am going to discuss common eligibility and requirement one should have to become Handwriting Examiner step by step:
Step 1 : Complete your starting education in Science Stream.
Step 2: Complete your graduation with chemistry / forensic science
Step 3: Higher Qualification in relevant field would advance your career.(Chemistry / forensic Science must be included)
Note: Requirement may vary between police forces, Forensic science Laboratories, Government or private employer.
(You can check the eligibility by downloading any old recruitment advertisement of particular place or a random one)
√ Problem Solving
√ Sharp Minded
√ Great Eye
√ Analytical Mind
√ Adaptable to new techniques and methods
√ Excellent Knowledge
Around $60,000 in US
Around 3.5 lakh in India
(Note: This is just an average salary, it may be different according to locations and recruiter)