On the "General Acceptance" of handwriting identification principles

Michael J. Saks, Holly VanderHaar

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Informed by the admissibility requirements of the broad and narrow Frye tests as well as Daubert's general acceptance factor, the present study elicited the views of a homogeneous group of forensic document examiners and a heterogeneous group of handwriting scientists regarding the degree to which a set of principles relating to the nature of handwriting and its identification were generally accepted within the respondents' fields. Among forensic document examiners, the greatest agreement was found concerning the process of examination, and somewhat less agreement on other matters. Forensic document examiners and handwriting scientists appear not to agree on the acceptability of most of the propositions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberJFS2003387
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005


  • Admissibility
  • Daubert
  • Document examination
  • Forensic sciences
  • Frye test
  • General acceptance
  • Handwriting identification
  • Kumho Tire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics


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