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This guide provides procedures for examinations that should be used by forensic document examiners for examinations involving altered documents.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee E30 on Forensic Sciences, this guide was withdrawn in July 2013 in accordance with section 10.5.3.1 of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.
1.1 This Guide provides procedures for examinations that should be used by forensic document examiners (E 444) for examinations involving altered documents.
1.2 These procedures are applicable whether the examination(s) are of questioned and known items, exclusively questioned items, or a single item.
1.3 These procedures include evaluation of the sufficiency of the material available for examination.
1.4 The particular methods employed in a given case will depend upon the nature of the material available for examination.
1.5 This Guide may not cover all aspects of unusual or uncommon examinations.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E444 Guide for Scope of Work of Forensic Document Examiners
E1422 Guide for Test Methods for Forensic Writing Ink Comparison
E1732 Terminology Relating to Forensic Science
E2195 Terminology Relating to the Examination of Questioned Documents
E2291 Guide for Indentation Examinations
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ASTM E2331-04, Standard Guide for Examination of Altered Documents (Withdrawn 2013), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2004, www.astm.orgBack to Top