The Jordanian legal system has evolved from distinct traditions. Civil and commercial law is largely based on British-style common law, while religious and family matters are generally covered by Islamic Sharia courts, or ecclesiastic equivalents for non-Muslims. In a nutshell:
- The legal age for driving and drinking is 18.
- The age of consent for men and women is 16.
- You can be prosecuted under the law of your home country regarding age of consent, even when abroad.
- Travellers are expected to respect the law.
- Penalties for drug use of any kind are stiff.
- Criticising the king is illegal.
- Excessive speeding, drunk driving and seatbelt avoidance are not tolerated.
- If you break the law, your embassy can only contact your relatives and recommend local lawyers.