Posted On: November 15, 2012 by Karen Olson

Handwriting Expert Witness Shares Layman's Glossary Part 2

In THE LAYMAN’S GLOSSARY: Terms Relating to the Forensic Examination of Handwriting, Signatures and Documents , handwriting expert witness Jacqueline A. Joseph, CDE, Board Certified Examiner of Handwriting & Documents, writes:

This glossary has been designed to meet the needs of those seeking to gain the meaning of common forensic terms and to understand the jargon used during the examination of questioned handwriting and signatures...

Because it would be impracticable to include all forensic terms in a work of this size and scope, this work includes many of the common terms relating to the examination of questioned handwriting and signature examination. It does not include terms relating to laboratory equipment, ink differentiation or other methods involving aspects beyond the examination of handwriting and signatures. However, it is my intention to publish expanded editions in the future....

Board Certified Document Examiner: A person who has met a set of criteria of professional qualifications in the field of Forensic Document Examination. A person practicing in the field of forensic science with (1) a focus on the forensic identification of handwriting in order to find out who wrote, or didn’t write, a questioned entry on a document, and (2) other questioned or suspicious documentary evidence such as the details to identify alterations, additions or other facts concerning the document’s authenticity.
Certifications are awarded by association boards and by accredited certifying bodies.

Buckle: The mid zone part of the lower case letter “k” and also in “p.” May also be observed in the upper case of “K” and “P.”

Characteristic: Any property or mark which distinguishes the identifying details of the writing. (See: Class characteristics/Individual characteristics)

Read more: http://www.jjhandwriting.com/jj/glossary-of-terms-for-the-layperson/