Bulletin nº 74 (September 2009) from the Swiss Society of Graphology (SGG/SSG
- Schweizerische Graphologische Gesellschaft/Société Suisse de Graphologie,
between the articles there is a review of the book:
(Criminal Graphology) by Francisco Viñals and Mª Luz Puente
Francisco - PUENTE, Mariluz (2006):
Diccionario Jurídico-Pericial del Documento Escrito.
Grafística, Lingüística Forense
Legal Dictionary - Expertise in Writing Document:
Documentoscopy, Graphistic, Forensic Linguistic),
Barcelona, Herder editor,
Introduction by Judge Sr.
This present thematic dictionary summarizes all the concepts related to handwriting and document expertise putting emphasis on the clarifying of concepts, the practical aspect of the field and the daily practice in courts. While maintaining the quality level of works of legal equivalence in regards to the scientific contribution of the most up-to-date methodologies in the field, this book fills a gap that has been openly expressed on the part of the representatives of the law, the judges and the judicial experts. It goes beyond the legal dictionary in order to interrelate the technical concepts of handwriting itself, the support and the information it may bring to the judicial proof. It is addressed to the jurists so they can decipher the technical language of the opinions given, the meaning of each concept in an understandable way, to know what they can ask or should expect, the indispensable things in this type of proof; it is also directed as much to the official as to the private field, and to the experts, it teaches the procedural process, the forensic concepts where their actions are performed, as well as the laws related to all their activity. This is the fourth of successful works of Francisco Viñals and Mariluz Puente who also supervise the training of the Judicial Handwritings and Document Experts at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, in addition to having accumulated an ample experience non only as judicial experts of public institutions but also as teachers of Legal Practice, Scientific Police and Civilian and Military Intelligence.
"This is not specifically a graphology book and it is more oriented towards handwriting expertise with inclusion of document examination terminology and forensic linguistic. But the fact that it does include graphological terms gives credibility to our field as a positive help to judicial handwriting expertise, which is denied in some areas of North America. The authors are coordinators and teachers of the courses on graphology and handwriting expertise at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and have been promoting serious graphology in Spain for many years. They are also very active (president and vice-president) in the AGRUPACIÓN DE GRAFOANALISTAS CONSULTIVOS, an association founded by the famous Spanish Graphologist Augusto Vels and full-fledged member of ADEG. Their dictionary includes many entries (more than 700 pages) and should be a help to standardize the vocabulary in the field, which is long overdue. It is obviously an excellent reference book and a mine of information in everything related to forensic document and handwriting examination as well as graphological analysis". (Dor Gauthier)
VIÑALS, Francisco - PUENTE, Mariluz (2003): Análisis de Escritos y Documentos en los Servicios Secretos (Translation: The Analysis of Writings and Documents in the Secret Services), Barcelona, Herder editor, 624 pp.
VIÑALS, Francisco – PUENTE, M.ª Luz (2001): Pericia Caligráfica Judicial. Práctica, casos y modelos (Translation: Forensic handwriting expertise. Practice, cases and models), Barcelona, Herder editor, Introduction by Judge Sr. José Naval, 485 pp
Judicial handwriting analysis is a part of the general field of scientific
graphology and is currently taught as a post-graduate university course at
the Univeridad Autónoma de Barcelona.
"Judicial handwriting analysis as a means of proof is not just a minor element within the judicial process, its usefulness is fully recognized by the legal establishment." José Naval, Magistrate
VIÑALS, Francisco - PUENTE, Mariluz (1999): Psicodiagnóstico por la Escritura. Grafoanálisis Transaccional
(Translation: Psychodiagnostic by the handwriting. Transactional Graphoanalysis), Barcelona, Herder editor, Introduction by Augusto Vels, 351 pp,
The aim of this book is to provide a new medium for the diagnosis and analysis of personality, parting from the viewpoint of post-Freudian psychological examination and seeing handwriting analysis as a scientifically recognised technique. The classic types established by handwriting analysis in relation to temperament and character are the starting point of the investigation. The authors study the most profound and enigmatic aspects of personality through one of the most advanced elements of psychoanalysis: Transactional Analysis, a method that detects elements of emotional intelligence that are reflected in handwriting. In this practical manual we learn to value the characteristics of script through a methodology that is eminently pedagogic to obtain a complete and reliable portrait of human tendencies, predispositions and behaviour. By merit of its multi-disciplined focus it is a tool of great usefulness, not only for psychology, psychiatry, social anthropology and human resources, but also for the fields of criminal studies, social and religious assistance, teaching, public relations, drama and many other areas of human knowledge. Of interest to: psychologists, graphologists, anthropologists, teachers, social workers, Human Resource departments, recruitment agencies and research agencies.