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Michelle Novotny has just returned from a week in Malaysia where she gave expert evidence in a matter before the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
At the end of July 2012 Mr Westwood commenced giving expert evidence in a criminal case in Sydney involving handwriting identification. Other than a break of approximately 10 days when he had to travel to the USA to attend a meeting of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, he was in the witness box through to November. During his time in the witness box he was subjected to approximately 30 days cross examination. Perhaps this is worthy of a Guinness Book of Records mention? The longest Mr Westwood had been in the witness box prior to this matter was 15 weeks back in the late 1970s when he was testifying in a heavily contested criminal case involving issues of handwriting, typewriting, typewriter correction ribbons and shredded documents.
On the 6th of February 2013 Paul Westwood was involved in presenting an overview of forensic document examination at a fraud training workshop for the New South Wales Police, Tweed Byron Local Area Command in Tweed Heads. In view of time constraints at the workshop he has been invited to follow up with a more detailed hands-on workshop for the same LAC in the near future.
Paul Westwood has been invited as a speaker to the Rule 42 for Litigation Lawyers seminar in Sydney on 21st March 2013.
We are pleased to announce that our next scheduled workshop will be conducted at our Manly laboratory on 19th and 20th June 2013. Our workshops are restricted to a maximum of 12 participants to allow for the practical exercises that are conducted.Get in early with your booking! Remember groups of 3+ from the one organisation are at a reduced rate. These workshops do not train or qualify participants as forensic document examiners but do provide awareness training.
Forensic Document Services is proud to be this year's sponsor of the "Law Student Award" at the forthcoming Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards to be held on 19th October 2012 at Zinc Federation Square, Melbourne. This award recognises the academic, community and legal achievements of female undergraduates. http://www.lawyersweekly.com.au/women-in-law-awards
Forensic Document Services has been invited to speak at the Registrar of Titles conference in Melbourne. Steven Strach will be presenting on behalf of the laboratory on 3rd October 2012.
Whilst in Hobart this month for the ANZFSS Symposium, Steven Strach will be speaking on document examination with members of the Law Society of Tasmania.
Steven Strach will be attending the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) Symposium on 23-27 September 2012 in Hobart. He is presenting research undertaken with Andrea Devlin on "Testing the reliability of a method for determining the sequence of writings on the front and back of one sheet of paper". http://www.anzfss2012.com.au/
At this year's ASQDE (American Society of Questioned Document Examiners) conference, Andrea Devlin was proudly accepted as a corresponding member. Well done Andrea!