Paul Westwood


Retired Forensic Document and Handwriting Examiner



Priorto establishing FDS in 1984,Paul wasthe Directorofthe Document ExaminationSections ofthe CommonwealthPolice/AustralianFederal Police and the AustralianDepartment ofImmigration& EthnicAffairs.


Throughout his casework career, Paul wasconsulted regularlybyState and Federal government departmentsand instrumentalitiesin Australiaaswell asnumerouslegal firms,banks, financial and auditing institutions bothinAustralia and overseas.Hehasextensive court experience throughout Australiaand overseasspanning aperiod ofmore thanfortyyears.


He continues topresentseminarsfor continuing professional development programsand has been an occasional lecturer ondocument examinationat:the UniversityofSydney, Centrefor Continuing Education;AustralianNational UniversityLegal Workshop; CharlesSturt University,Eastwood Campus;and CanberraInstituteofTechnology.He regularly presented at and continues to attendand participate in national and internationalmeetingsinthisareaofforensicscience.


Paul hasauthored the chapteronDocument Examinationinthe LawBookCompany’spublication “Expert Evidence”publishedin1993;and the chapter “Document Examination”inthe publication Expert Evidence inFamily Lawpublished in1999.He also co-authored the article “Document Analysis Handwriting”intheEncyclopediaofForensicScience (AcademicPress,2000).


He co-presentsworkshopsonthe applications offorensicdocument examinationto investigators and lawyers.


Paul wasawarded the Medal ofthe OrderofAustraliain1982for servicesinthefieldofforensic document examinationwhilst amemberofthe AustralianFederal Police.He wasawarded the National Medal in1984inrespect ofpolice service.


Paul holds the degree ofBachelor ofLaws,andaDiplomainDocument Examinationfrom the ForensicScience Societyofthe United Kingdom.


At the 2015 ASQDEAnnual General Meeting,Paul wasawarded “The Albert S. OsbornAward ofExcellence”byhispeersin recognitionofhiscontributiontothe fieldofquestioned document examination.




·      Foundationmember,former President and Secretary, and Life member oftheAustralasian Society of ForensicDocumentExaminersInc. (ASFDEInc.)

·       Lifetimememberof the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE)

·       Australian andNew Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS)

·       Australian Academy ofForensicSciences (AAFS)

·       Chartered Society of ForensicSciences (UK)

·       Australian Institute of ProfessionalInvestigators (AIPI)

·       International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI)