Conducting a forensic investigation is a very complicated and sensitive task. Even with the help of latest technology not all presented evidence is capable of yielding conclusions. As with all other fields of criminal investigations; forensic examinations too greatly depend on the quality and quantity of available evidence. Often, forensic investigators do not have access to original documents, as a result of which they have to make do with photocopies. In the text below we will look at the different issues and facts surround forensic examinations that are solely depending on photocopies.
Problems with Photocopies:-
In cases that involve the examination of signatures, handwriting, typewriting and other documents forensic experts prefer examining only the original samples for a variety of reasons. For example, when looking for handwriting traits in copies of original documents it impossible to draw conclusions regarding the flow, speed and pressure.
When originals are unavailable:-
Unfortunately, when conducting forensic examinations, experts often have nothing but photocopies to work with. Under such circumstances, it is preferred that the copies be a first copy, i.e. the one made directly from original, that too in the clearest possible state. Copies of copies are generally not considered reliable. Another fact to consider in forensic investigations is that reproducing signatures using photocopies is a very simple and accurate task.