Paul Westwood


Forensic Document and Handwriting Examiner
Director - Retired from Casework



Priorto establishing FDS in 1984,Paul was the Director of the Document Examination Sections of the Commonwealth Police/Australian Federal Police and the Australian Department of Immigration & Ethnic Affairs.


Throughout his casework career, Paul was consulted regularly by State and Federal government departments and instrumentalities in Australia as well as numerous legal firms, banks, financial and auditing institutions both in Australia and overseas.  He has extensive court experience throughout Australia and overseas spanning a period of more than forty years.


He continues to present seminars for continuing professional development programs and has been an occasional lecturer on document examinationat:the University of Sydney, Centre for Continuing Education; Australian National University Legal Workshop; CharlesSturt University, Eastwood Campus;and Canberra Institute of Technology. He regularly presented at and continues to attend and participate in national and international meetings in this area of forensic science.


Paul has authored the chapter on Document Examination in the Law Book Company’s publication “Expert Evidence” published in 1993;and the chapter “Document Examination”in the publication Expert Evidence inFamily Law published in 1999.  He also co-authored the article “Document Analysis Handwriting” in the Encyclopedia of Forensic Science (Academic Press, 2000).


He co-presents workshops on the applications of forensic document examination to investigators and lawyers.


Paul was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australiain 1982 for services in the field of forensic document examination whilst a member of the Australian Federal Police.  He was awarded the National Medal in 1984 in respect of police service.


Paul holds the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and a Diplomain Document Examination from the Forensic Science Society of the United Kingdom.


At the 2015 ASQDE Annual General Meeting, Paul was awarded “The Albert S. Osborn Award of Excellence” by his peers in recognition of his contribution to the field of questioned document examination.




·      Foundation member, former President and Secretary, and Life member of the Australasian Society of Forensic Document Examiners Inc. (ASFDE Inc.)

·       Lifetime member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE)

·       Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS)

·       Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)

·       Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (UK)

·       Australian Institute of Professional Investigators (AIPI)

·       International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI)