Documents in Dispute (DiD) is a private forensic document examination firm. DiD provides professional and independent document examination services as well as the provision of expert testimony at competitive rates throughout Australia and Asia. Melanie Holt is highly trained, experienced and has been professionally certified by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc (ABFDE). Melanie uses stringent scientific examination techniques when undertaking all examinations.

Melanie has experience working on criminal proceedings as well as civil and private matters. The types of cases she has worked on include: wills and estate matters, business and real estate contracts, homicides, threats/anonymous letters, drug importations, mortgage and identity fraud, kidnapping, and extortion. Melanie is a court-recognised expert who has provided evidence in some capacity in over 250 criminal and approximately 300 civil cases, both in Australia and overseas (Hong Kong, Singapore, Fiji and Vanuatu).


Handwriting and signature comparison

The main purpose of a handwriting or signature examinations is to determine authorship, i.e. who wrote or signed a questioned document.

Latent Indentations

Indentations can be revealed from pages located several pages above it and can be very valuable evidence. Indentation evidence can often be used to sequence the time line of entries.

Other types of document examination

Reconstruction of shredded or torn documents, detecting alterations to documents, detection of fraudulent or counterfeit documents and more...


Contact us for a costing estimate of your case.

There is no obligation for a quote but please note that a 50% retainer payment will be required before the examination will begin and final payment will be required prior to the expert report being released.

Please note that all correspondence with the expert can be discoverable in legal proceedings. Please keep all correspondence factual and objective and avoid adding biasing information.


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