Jordanian courts are organized to form two main divisions: civil and criminal. They are generally divided into three stages of litigation; namely: courts of first instance, appeal and cassation. Personal Status Courts deal with personal status matters form the third division and are organized in two stages, first instance and appeal. Additionally there are specialized courts which deal with specific matters such as labor and customs courts. State security matters are usually referred to special courts.
Judges are usually appointed by the Ministry of Justice from amongst graduates of recognized law colleges who begin their careers by serving as clerks and officers at the courts. Judges are assigned to serve in courts, and they are transferred and promoted by the Ministry of Justice.