Court of Cassation, interdiction, Magistrate courts, Arab countries, courts of appeal
Jordan, like many Arab countries, has a civil and a religious court system. Magistrate courts, the lowest in the civil system, hear minor criminal and civil cases; important cases go to courts of first instance. Decisions of these courts are subject to review by courts of appeal. The supreme court of Jordan, known as the Court of Cassation, presides over cases against the state, hears appeals, and interprets the law.
Sharia (Muslim religious) courts rule on marriage, divorce, interdiction, wills, and guardianship cases for citizens desiring Muslim interpretation rather than civil decisions. Non-Muslim minorities may resort to religious courts of their own traditions in personal status cases. The country’s nomadic tribes may bring cases to tribal courts.
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