A Forensic Document Examiner (FDE) is someone who has received proper training and analyzes documentary evidence to determine origin or authenticity. They are an essential part of the success of the forensic science community. Their main responsibility is examining written, typed, or printed documents using a scientific methodology and equipment.
Their essential responsibilities go beyond evaluating different documents. They prepare demonstrative exhibits, write expert reports, and state their opinions regarding the documents which are being analyzed. This means they testify in court proceedings if the case goes to trial.
A successful document examiner will work on the evidence following recognized standards and practices, being able to write and explain their findings to non-experts in a relatable, professional way.
The Difference Between Forensic Document Examiners and Graphologists
Forensic document examiners are not the same as graphologists, although many people confuse the two professions. Graphologists analyze an individual’s personality through their handwriting alone. Forensic document examiners are highly skilled individuals who cover both handwriting analysis and the full aspects of document examination: determining the printing process, obliterated writing, indentations and much more.