Alex Watts : Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Alex Watts : Are you saying the signature was forged?
he produced a letter that i had never seen that i allegedly signed
i copied my signature off the contract i think
Alex Watts : Ok. Is the matter set down for a case management conference ?
Alex Watts : ok. Then you need to ask for permission here for a handwriting expert.
Alex Watts : Once you have permission you can get the letter analysed
Alex Watts : The handwriting expert will produce a report that can be used in peoceedings
Alex Watts : but ask for permission at the cmc
Alex Watts : Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
is it not possible to force the defendant to produce a statement as to how the letter came about in the first place?
Alex Watts : No.
for example, the date it was sallegedly signed i was not even in the country
Alex Watts : You can ask at the cmc but the court can't force the issue
Alex Watts : That again is a matter of evidence for the trial
or can i file a witness statement deying the veracity?
Alex Watts : yes you can but again this is a matter for trial
if he copied the signature accurately we may never be able to prove it is a forgery?
Alex Watts : you need a hand wriiting expert by the sound of it
ok - so a hamdwriting expert is the way to go?
Alex Watts : I think so
surprising that anyone can just forge a signature like that and not need to justify themselves at all
Alex Watts : its a matter for trial rather than anything else sadly
so no separate way to challenge?
Alex Watts : only if you have evidence it was forged and you need an expert report for this
Alex Watts : Does that clarify?