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    American Board of

         Forensic Document Examiners

Farrell C. Shiver is certified by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners.  A forensic document examiner certified by American Board of Forensic Document Examiners is referred to as a Diplomate.  There are approximately 135 Diplomates.

The American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) was founded in 1977 using a grant from the United States Department of Justice and was initially sponsored by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.  Today's sponsors include the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, the Southeastern Association of Forensic Document Examiners, and the Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners.

The ABFDE has been recognized in numerous court decisions.  In Wheeler v. Olympia Sports Center, Inc. (U.S. District Court for the District of Maine (2004 U.S. Dist. Lexis 20462), the court recognized ABFDE as a certifying body while at the same time excluding the testimony of the defendant's proposed expert (pp. 5-7).  The trial court in Wheeler v. Olympia contrasted the qualifications of the defendant's proposed expert to the qualifications of the ABFDE Diplomate who testified in the case of United States v. Mooney, 315 F.3d 54, 62 (1st Cir. 2002) (pp. 13-18).

Forensic document examiners desiring certification by the ABFDE must possess a baccalaureate degree and must have completed a two-year full-time training program in forensic document examination in a recognized forensic laboratory. Candidates for certification must pass a written test, practical examinations, and an oral board. 

Recertification is required every five years.  Applicants for recertification must demonstrate currency in the profession.  This is normally accomplished through the accumulation of credits earned through attendance at workshops, professional meetings, published research, and other recognized activity.

 

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