Forensic Document Services Pty Ltd

Forensic Document Services ("FDS") undertakes forensic examinations to establish the validity of documents and to detect evidence of tampering or handling of documents and other items.

FDS’s trained and experienced professionals use rigorous scientific analysis and examination techniques to establish the validity of documents and to detect evidence of tampering or handling of documents and other items such as those listed under What We Examine.  We pride ourselves on our independence and impartiality, and strict quality assurance procedures. 

Our case work arises out of civil, criminal and private matters including forgery, fraud, identity theft, intellectual property, break and enter, arson, kidnapping, extortion, murder, probate, custody battles, divorce, drug importation, employment/labour disputes, unfair dismissal, debt recovery, insolvency, negligence, medical malpractice, personal injury, defamation, workplace safety, landlord/tenant disputes, worker's compensation, theft and assault. 

On this website you can find out about the range of services we provide and read case studies illustrating the nature of some of the work that we deal with.  Information about our history and our team is provided in About Us.

If you need an expert opinion about a document, signature, handwriting or fingerprint we would be happy to discuss your case - please contact us by phone or submit an enquiry by email.

If you are unsure whether we are the right experts to help you, please call us – we can direct you to someone else if the matter is outside our areas of expertise.

2015 – A Big Year For The Directors of FDS

We would like to share our good news about the achievements of our two Directors. 

At the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE), Paul Westwood, founder and Managing Director of this firm, was awarded “The Albert S. Osborn Award of Excellence” by his peers in recognition of his contribution to the field of questioned document examination.  Full details about this award are available at the following website   Paul was also awarded “Lifetime Membership” of the Society.  These acknowledgements are well deserved following a career spanning more than 40 years in document examination.  

We are also pleased to announce that Michelle Novotny’s (also a Director of the firm) recent application for certification as a Forensic Document Examiner by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) was accepted and she has successfully satisfied the stringent and demanding written, practical and oral requirements for certification by the ABFDE. The fact that she was accepted to undertake the certification process is in itself significant as certification was, until recently, only available to document examiners who were permanent residents of the United States of America, Canada and Mexico. Full details about ABFDE Certification can be found at the following website:  

Congratulations to Paul and Michelle!