Judges are not doctors; nor are they forensic psychologists or ballistic experts. Yet they often issue rulings on cases built upon evidence from these fields. In these instances, many courts call on experts to help the judge understand the specificities of a case. In Haiti, however, there is little use of expert witnesses in criminal trials. Without guidance judges cannot provide informed verdicts for the complainant or for the accused. And this absence of expertise delivers only partial justice.
To advocate for the increased use of expert witnesses in Haitian courts, N-Map—along with our partners the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)—created a video to convince judicial actors that expert testimony is not only easy to implement but also imperative for true justice.