Comment: The standards in admitting expert evidence in Ethiopia: some practical discrepancies

  • Abreha Mesele Zinabu
Keywords: Expert Evidence, admission, weight of evidence, criminal justice administration, Ethiopia

Abstract

Judges render justice based on the presented evidence justifying their decisions. In criminal cases, these decisions can have ramifications on an individual’s right to liberty, life and property. Correctness of conviction much depends on the evidence presented to the courtroom and the interpretation of the evidence by judges. Expert evidence is particularly important because certain issues are beyond the expertise of judges in the current era of specialization and due to ever-expanding advances in technology. Expert evidence has to be used very cautiously based on a set of objective criteria that judges can use. This comment looks at the experience of other countries in relation to admission of expert evidence. It then assesses the current practice in Ethiopia by looking at a few cases and concludes that there is wide variation in admitting expert evidence and regarding the weight given to it by different courts.

Keywords: Expert Evidence, admission, weight of evidence, criminal justice administration, Ethiopia

 

 

 

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eISSN: 2309-902X
print ISSN: 1998-9881