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Richard T. Picciochi
Forensic Document Examiner
110 Jericho Turnpike, Suite 104A
Floral Park NY 11001
USA
phone: (516) 326-1122
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Richard T. Picciochi is a Questioned Document Examiner with over thirty years of experience in the New York City Police Department Crime Laboratory and in private practice. He is retired from the NYPD Forensic Investigation Division where he was a Detective, Document Examiner and the Technical Supervisor of the Questioned Document Unit. In the course of his career he has examined thousands of disputed signature, handwriting and document cases, participated in numerous high profile investigations and testified in trials including the "Zodiac" homicides and the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Mr. Picciochi possesses a background that integrates the academic sciences, applied forensic sciences and law enforcement investigations. He has earned a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science and has received extensive specialized training in questioned document analysis by the NYPD, the FBI and the United States Secret Service. Mr. Picciochi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) and was awarded certification upon completion of comprehensive written, practical and oral examinations. He is also a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the International Association for Identification.

Mr. Picciochi specializes in the examination of signatures, handwriting and other document problems. He can provide on-site inspections, comprehensive written reports, demonstrative exhibits and expert testimony. Mr. Picciochi will accept civil, criminal and administrative cases and offers his services to both Plaintiff and Defense attorneys.
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Certified Forensic Document Examiner
1025 Cypress Street
Abilene TX 79601
USA
phone: 325-668-7474
fax: 325-202-2869
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Background: Do you have a forged or altered document? I can promptly and accurately solve your problem. My years of experience can solve cases of forgery, altered numbers, record alteration, graffiti, anonymous writings and poison pen letters. As a Certified Document Examiner I examine and identify signatures, hand printing, handwriting, initials, and numbers. I also study documents made by computer printers, typewriters, and markings on walls, glass, wood or even automobiles. I compare papers, inks, printing, typewriting, computer-generated documents, facsimiles, photocopies, rubber stamps and holes made by a stapler or hole punch.

I am a forensic document examiner and a certified forensic physician—uniquely combining two scientific disciplines that each help people in need. My special interest is altered medical records, but I examine all types of documents for authentication or alteration. I have ongoing research studies correlating peculiarities in handwriting and health issues. I am the only private document examiner in West Central Texas, but I am available for cases anywhere in the world. If you are a law firm, I'll be glad to fax you a copy of my Curriculum Vitae so you can have it on file next time a forgery case comes across your desk. See my website for additional information or CALL ME NOW!

Documents Examined:
  • Forged, altered or counterfeit documents
  • Checks, Wills, Deeds, Legal Contracts
  • Insurance Records
  • Court Documents
  • Medical Records
  • Computer-printed or Typewritten Documents
  • Photocopied or Facsimile Documents
  • Latent Impressions
Services Include:
  • Case preparation consultation
  • On-site examination
  • Laboratory examination and analysis
  • Document photography
  • Preparation of court exhibits
  • Preparation of written reports
  • Deposition or courtroom testimony
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Ann Mahony
P.O. Box 475166
San Francsico CA 94147
USA
phone: 415-441-0273
fax: 415-441-0233
Ann Mahony
Board Certified Document Examiner; court qualified since 1982; appointed in state and federal courts. Timely turn-around, exhibit prep, consultation and testimony.

Certification &Proficiency Testing:
Board Certified, National Association of Document Examiners
American Institute of Applied Science, Certificate in Document Examination
Collaborative Testing Services, 085-521 Questioned Document Proficiency

Areas of Expertise:
Signatures, handwriting, hand printing, initials
Alterations, page substitution, latent handwriting impressions
Paper, watermark, inks, photocopies, computer generated documents
Mortgage fraud, robo-signing, notary entries
Wills, deeds, contracts
Elder fraud, medical records
Calendars, journal entries
Anonymous letters, hate mail, graffiti
Lab includes : IR, UV, ESDA, digital photography

Professional Affiliations:
National Association of Document Examiners
Northern California Fraud Investigators Association
Forensic Expert witness Association
American Society for Testing and Materials

Lectures/Training: Calif Judges Assn; State Bar of Calif; Calif Assn. of Police Training; Northern Calif Fraud Investigators Assn.; Calif. Burglary & Theft Investigators, Safeway; Pacific Bell.

Services Include:
Consultation and opinion
Laboratory examination and analysis
Document photography
Preparation of court exhibits
Preparation of written reports
Deposition and courtroom testimony
Review of opposing expert report & preparation of questions
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Western Forensic Document Examiner
Serving the United States
CO USA
phone: 888-710-EXAM
fax: 801-665-8585
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Kathy Carlson Forensic Document Examiner PhotoKathy Carlson, a Certified, Court Qualified Forensic Document Examiner, has practiced handwriting examination for the past seven years. She has testified many times in all state levels of court, including the Supreme Court in the Turks & Caicos.

Ms. Carlson serves the United States and has rendered opinions in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Island of Cyprus, Japan, and Turks & Caicos.

Forensic Examination Provided For Disputed Documents or Signatures including:
  • Contracts
  • Loans
  • Warranty Deeds / Quitclaim Deeds
  • Real Estate Contracts
  • Deeds of Trust
  • Wills
  • Codicils
  • Holographic Wills
  • Beneficiaries
  • Income Tax Fraud
  • Poison Pen Letters
  • Anonymous Writing
  • Divorce Disputes
  • Graffiti
  • Investigation and Analysis Including: Questioned Signatures, Suspect Documents (Typed and Written), Suspect Alterations, Handwritten Numbers, and Indented Writing. Analysis of Paper and Ink through UV, IR lighting and Filters.

    Certified & Proficiency Testing:
    • Certified, Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners
    • Certified, International Association of Document Examiners
    • Collaborative Testing Services - Questioned Document Proficiency - Jan. 2013
    No charge for initial consultations.

    Contact Kathy Carlson: Colorado/Utah Offices - 970-275-6846
    Forensic Scientists differ when defining document examination. Is it a science? If so, which science? What is our scientific analysis? Or, as some people believe, is document examination an art?

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    Moore Document Laboratory
    BS, MEd
    9010 Barrhill Way
    Fair Oaks CA 95628
    USA
    phone: 800-989-3205
    fax: 916-989-9674
    David S. Moore offers a full range of services as a forensic document examiner. Certified as a "Diplomate" of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) since 1978. His experience spans over 25 years of forensic document examination in the Crime Laboratories of the California Department of Justice; Las Vegas, NV; US Postal Investigation Service and the US Army Criminal Investigation (CID) Division. Testified 700+ times.

    Capabilities include:
    • Forged Signatures on Wills, Deeds, and other Important Documents
    • Handwriting and Handprinting Identification
    • Alterations and Obliterations in Medical and Other Business Records
    • Typewriting Comparison and Typewriter Identification
    • Business Machine Identifications and their Products
    • Paper Products Comparison and Ink Analysis
    • Age/Date Determination
    • Office Machine Copies
    • Printed Matter and Printing
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    Carolyn Kurtz
    Southampton PA 18966-3338
    USA
    phone: 215-357-3083; email: carolynkk@comcast.net
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    Carolyn Kurtz has been a Board Certified Forensic Document Examiner since 1985. Certified by the Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (S.A.F.E.) in 2013 and board certified by the World Association of Document Examiners (W.A.D.E.) in 1997. She is an Expert Witness for both Plaintiff and Defense counsel.

    Experience:
    • Participated in proficiency testing - ST2AR Skill-Task Training Assessment – 2011.
    • Certificate in Forensic Document Examination with Andrew J. Bradley (Andrew Bradley) and Associates, Denver, CO - 1991.
    • Certificate in Advanced Studies: Extended Training in Questioned Document Problems with Andrew J. Bradley - 1996.
    • Private study in Document Examination with Felix Klein (Director, Manhattan Handwriting Consultants, New York City - Consultant to the United Nations) Advanced Course - 1985.
    • Certificate in Forensic Document Examination from Mercer County Community College, Mercer County, NJ - 1984-1985.
    • Testified in approximately 50 cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Connecticut - Civil and Criminal Court.
    Services Include:
    • Disputed Document Problems
    • Signature Verification
    • Handwriting Comparison
    • Typewriter Comparison
    • Deciphering Ribbons
    • Document Authentication
    • Forgeries
    • Alterations (contracts, deeds, wills, promissory notes, medical records, anonymous notes, checks, and other documents)
    Memberships Past and Present:
    • International Association of Document Examiners
    • Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners
    • National Association of Document Examiners
    • World Association of Document Examiners
    • National Bureau of Document Examiners
    References Available Upon Request.
    Occasionally, the document examiner encounters a signature or writing that is believed to be a forgery but in reality was written by a blind or visually impaired individual. There are various features of blind writing that could initially be mistaken for a forgery, so it is understandable that this could occur.

    Before the fountain pen began to be widely used in the late 1800s, writing was mainly done at a desk with a steel nib pen that constantly had to be dipped into an inkwell. The fountain pen, which was designed to carry its own ink supply, brought greater convenience and portability to the writing process.

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    Steven G. Drexler
    President
    845 Ballantrae Pkwy.
    Pelham AL 35124
    USA
    phone: 205-685-9985
    fax: 205-685-9331
    Steven G. Drexler is a retired Senior Scientist of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences, Board Certified by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, and has been qualified as an Expert Witness in both Federal and State Courts. He is an active member of several professional organizations and is published in the field.

    Drexler Document Laboratory, LLC is a full service laboratory offering experienced forensic document and handwriting analysis for both private and professional individuals involved in either civil or criminal investigations.

    Services Provided:
  • Handwriting Comparisons
  • Document Authentication
  • Forgery / Signature Authentication
  • Deciphering of Obliterations
  • Identification of Additions / Deletions
  • Indented Writings
  • Non-destructive Ink Differentiation / Comparison
  • Typewriter Comparison and Identification
  • Deciphering Damaged or Charred Documents
  • Medical Record Alterations
  • Age of a Document

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    Curt Baggett
    Chief Document Examiner
    908 Audelia Rd.
    STE 200-245
    Richardson TX 75081
    USA
    phone: 972-644-0285
    fax: 972-644-5233
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    Curt Baggett is the #1 handwriting expert in the USA. He is the only expert in the USA who has examined documents and/or testified in every state of the USA and over a dozen foreign countries.

    A court-qualified Document Examiner Expert Witness, he is also a skilled authority in handwriting identification and has completed over 3,500 cases. Mr. Baggett has examined documents and/or testified in court cases as a handwriting expert in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, Ireland, Mexico, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Thailand and New Zealand, Korea, China, Australia and Denmark.

    Mr. Baggett was a consultant as a forensic document examiner for a number one television show, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and has appeared as a handwriting expert on WOLF-BLITZER-CNN; CHARLES GIBSON-ABC, INSIDE EDITION, CBS, CNBC, FOX, JUDGE ALEX, TEXAS JUSTICE and GOOD MORNING TEXAS. Mr. Baggett is the co-author of “The Handwriting Certification Home Study Course” and "How to Spot a Forgery". He has been a guest on various other television and radio programs discussing handwriting and forensic document examination.

    Mr. Baggett once held the position as Dean of the School of Forensic Document Examination at Handwriting University. In addition to lecturing and teaching document examination, Mr. Baggett has analyzed handwriting for over 30 years. He has been qualified as an expert witness in Justice of the Peace, Municipal, District, State, U.S. District, and Federal Bankruptcy Courts. Curt Baggett’s library is extensive and includes literature on questioned document examination, forensic handwriting analysis, behavior profiling, and statement analysis.
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    Vickie L. Willard
    Board Certified: BFDE, AFDE
    P. O. Box 31807
    Cleveland, Ohio 44131-0807
    OH, PA, IN, IL, MI, KY
    USA
    phone: 216-520-1520
    fax: 216-642-5772
    Vickie Willard earned board certification as a forensic document examiner through testing with the Board of Forensic Document Examiners and Association of Forensic Document Examiners. She has been serving the legal community for 30 years, rendering opinions in civil and criminal cases on behalf of plaintiffs, prosecutors, and defense attorneys, and has testified in arbitration, state and federal courts. She considers it her professional responsibility to regularly attend continuing education symposiums.

    Ms. Willard has rendered opinions on signature authenticity, handwriting and printing identication, altered documents, fabricated documents, hand printing, and other aspects of questioned documents.

    Professional Affiliations Association of Forensic Document Examiners (past president), Board of Forensic Document Examiners (director - immediate past president), Forensic Specialites Accreditation Board (board member 2000-2007), other organizations.
    It can be challenging to find the right expert when you need a handwriting expert/document examiner. Where do you look and what criteria do you use to determine which person has the expertise, competency and experience that will help you to solve your document problem? Experts advertise on various Internet sites, such as expertpages.com

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    Pat McElroy, Jr.
    6300 Ridglea Place
    Suite 313
    Fort Worth TX 76116
    USA
    phone: 817-420-6593
    fax: 866-379-1819
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    Pat McElroy, Jr. has more than 40 years of experience in the Banking Industry as a Regulator, Banker and Consultant. He has provided various management, lending, operational and regulatory services to financial institutions throughout the United States. Mr. McElroy has extensive experience as an expert witness and has been qualified in civil, criminal and bankruptcy proceedings. He is courtroom seasoned and also has high profile case experience.

    Areas of Expertise:
  • Bank Policies and Procedures
  • Forgery
  • Fraud
  • Lender Liability
  • Lending Related Matters
  • Bond Claims
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Credit & Collections
  • Ordinary Care
  • Employee Crime
  • Industry Standards
  • Bankruptcy Proceedings
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    Mike Wakshull
    MS, CQE, PMP, CISA
    P.O. Box 892965
    Temecula CA 92589
    USA
    phone: 951-252-4929
    fax: 951-302-1785
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    Mike Wakshull is a civil and criminal court-qualified document examiner who partners with legal clients to dissect the evidence presented in handwritten and computer-generated questioned documents. His valid approach produces winning arguments during the trial.

    Wakshull applies his scientific training to examine questioned documents which is a court requirement. He uses generally accepted practices such as ASTM standards. His laboratory is well-equipped and he has built a large forensic reference library.

    Wakshull is skilled at creating and explaining complex exhibits in easy-to-understand language and pictures. His courtroom approach is to teach and engage the trial participants—opposing attorney, judge and jury.

    Mike Wakshull holds a graduate school certificate in Forensic Document Examination. Since the 1980s, Mr. Wakshull has worked and studied in the science and discipline of Document Examination and Handwriting Analysis. He is one of only a handful of forensic document examiners with graduate school training in the science of forensic document examination. His opinion is always based on sound fundamentals of evidence. Mr. Wakshull has spoken at International and local conferences and seminars and also holds professional certifications that bring unique skills to your case.

    As a Certified Quality Engineer, Mr. Wakshull studied the science of variability and applied this to the analysis of handwriting and documents. As a Certified Information Systems Auditor, he applies his knowledge of information systems and technology to the analysis of documents.

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    Q9 Consulting, Inc. Has both an extensive research library and laboratory. Q9 Consulting, Inc. serves Southern California counties of Riverside, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, and surrounding regions. Work is accepted from all other locations.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Contracts
    • Wills (Printed and Holographic)
    • Deeds
    • Affidavits
    • Employment Agreements
    • Checks
    • Insurance Claims
    • Social Security Cards
    • Anonymous Letters
    • Crime Scene Writing
  • Notarized Writing
  • Photographs
  • Threatening Letters
  • Graffiti
  • Altered Documents
  • Handwritten Notes
  • Computer Generated Pages
  • Medical Records
  • Loan documents
  • Robo signed documents
  • View Mike Wakshul's Consulting Profile.
    As with any other profession, document examiners have a range of expertise and experience. As important as it is for your client to make a clear assessment of your abilities, it is up to you to determine in advance, with a high degree of accuracy, whether the document examiner you plan to hire will perform the most accurate assessments and be ready to back up those assessments with a scientifically repeatable methodology in court.

    None of us wants to feel that our opinions are tainted by bias. The ability to recognize when bias is an influence in an expert's opinion and the skill of an expert to overcome his or her biases is integral to an expert's credibility.

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    The Most Dangerous Animal of All was co-written by the estranged son of California’s infamous Zodiac killer to reveal his father’s true identity. When the book hit the streets the skeptics were in full force. Just like those who mocked the boy who cried wolf, no one could blame them. Too many people had already claimed to either be the killer or to know who he really was.
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    Forensic document examination, performed correctly, is a reliable discipline that can demonstrate the innocence of your client or the guilt of your opponent. Used strategically, it can help you settle out of court. When court is necessary, your document examiner can present a case so clearly that the outcome is beyond doubt. To achieve this, your document examiner must be proficient in the latest techniques and adept at reporting results.
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    Larry Stewart
    Chief Forensic Scientist
    793A E. Foothill Boulevard, #200
    Office in: San Luis Obispo, CA, serving worldwide
    San Luis Obispo CA 93405
    USA
    phone: 805-595-1333
    fax: 805-595-3333
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    California Main Office:
    793A East Foothill Blvd., #200
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

    Stewart Forensic Consultants, LLC (SFC) is a Forensic Consulting, Laboratory and Investigative Firm offering over 35 years of experience and training in a wide range of forensic science and private investigation disciplines.

    Larry Stewart has personally examined tens of thousands of individual items of evidence from sources such as state, local, and federal agencies (e.g. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Central Intelligence Agency, and others), and foreign governments. On several occasions he has examined cases involving international disputes between governments.

    Mr. Stewart has testified as an Expert Witness in state, federal and military courts of law, as well as in foreign court systems to include; Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka and Thailand. He has also testified at The Hague in the Netherlands and three times as an expert before the U.S. Congress.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Questioned Documents
    • Crime Scene Evaluation
    • Trace Evidence
    • Ink Analysis
    • Age Determination
    • Authenticity
    • Fraud Investigations
    • Fingerprints
  • Handwriting
  • Daubert and Cold Case (consultant) Investigations
  • Indented Writing
  • Striations
  • Typewriting
  • Erasures
  • Office Machines
  • Tracing
  • Larry F. Stewart
    This book can be purchased directly from the author, It covers the Document Examination profession, tools of the trade, documents defined, interviewing, examination, handwriting analysis, covert and overt investigations, and other related areas.
    Larry F. Stewart
    This book can be purchased directly from the author, It discusses the Identity Theft problem we face, the victims, usual suspects, detecting loss and other related issues.
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    Sylvia Kessler
    21909 Quail Ridge Circle
    Elkhorn NE 68022
    USA
    phone: 402-331-3447
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    Sylvia Kessler is an effective and skilled Certified Forensic Document Examiner as well as a Handwriting Expert with over 25 years of experience.

    Background Experience - Ms. Kessler completed her training with Dr. Marie Cassil in 1976 and has been active as a Handwriting Expert and Forensic Document Examiner since 1980. Since that time, she has studied and become Certified by the Scientific Association of Forensic Experts, SAFE, as a Forensic Document Examiner. Ms. Kessler has also been Certified as a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner since 1986.

    Litigation Support - Sylvia Kessler has conducted hundreds of examinations and generated numerous reports concerning questioned handwriting and signatures. She has worked with attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense in the design of deposition questions that focus on outcome-specific results. Her services include preparing accurate Personality Profiles and/or identifying and preparing expert witness testimony for trial.

    Ms. Kessler has qualified as a Handwriting Expert and Forensic Document Examiner in Nebraska and Iowa courts, giving testimony in Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Sanders, Montgomery and Pottawattamie Counties. She has been accepted in State and Federal courts to give expert testimony in cases regarding the authenticity of documents and/or signatures. Since 2010, Ms. Kessler has reviewed 140 cases which produced 9 trials, 3 depositions. 1 arbitration, and 1 hearing.

    Selected Case Studies:
    • Wills
    • Checks
    • Voter registrations
    • Insurance Forms
    • Financial Documents
    • Mortgage Documents
  • Banking Forms / Disputes
  • Retail Contracts
  • Cut and Paste Documents
  • Deeds of Trust
  • Threatening Letters
  • Anonymous Letters
  • View Sylvia Kessler's Consulting Profile.
    In the field of Forensic Document Examination, one of the most important responsibilities is to locate and examine all of the known and questioned originals involved in the case. This article is a brief explanation with photographs that will demonstrate the value of evidence that can only be found in originals.

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    Robert Radley
    Forensic Document Examiner
    Macartneys, Kings Road
    Silchester Reading RG7 2NS
    GBR
    phone: 44 -0-118 97023
    fax: 44 -0-118 9702395
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    Robert Radley's practice is the longest established private independent laboratory in Great Britain dealing solely with the Forensic Examination of Handwriting and Documents. Mr. Radley is a trained forensic scientist specialising exclusively in this field. He has written numerous papers and publications in forensic science journals on forensic document examination relating to a variety of aspects of this work and has presented these to scientific meetings both in this country and abroad. He has been on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Forensic Document Examiners.

    Since 1971, Mr. Radley has been consulted in over 9,000 cases involving questioned documents with instructions received from all over the world. These generally relate to signature authentication and/or handwriting identification together with other areas of document examination which are dealt with on a routine basis, including non-destructive instrumental analysis of inks, paper, alterations, erasures, typewriting, printing, indented and electrostatic writing impressions in documents (ESDA), photocopy examinations, dating queries and determination of sequences of writings. He has trained as a Single Joint Expert and regularly deals with such cases. His laboratory is extensively equipped with the necessary instrumentation for the forensic examination of documents.

    Mr. Radley has given evidence on several hundred occasions as an expert witness in the courts throughout the UK and also courts in Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malta, The Hague, The Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland, Kenya and Gibraltar.