Hereafter the judicial map of Lebanon in light of the last Decree on judicial shifts no 8636 of 12/9/2002 and decisions of work distribution:
Lebanon is administratively divided into six Mouhafazat (governorates) as follows:
- Mouhafazat of Beirut
- Mouhafazat of Mount Lebanon
- Mouhafazat of North Lebanon
- Mouhafazat of South Lebanon
- Mouhafazat of the Bekaa
- Mouhafazat of Nabatiyeh
In every Mouhafaza there is only one justice palace except in Mount Lebanon where there are two justice palaces: one in Baabda and another one in Jdeidet-el-Metn.
Justice courts are composed of courts of First degree, Appeal courts and Cassation court.
The Cassation Court:
There is only one Cassation Court in Lebanon. It is composed of nine chambers each of which has one or more judicial bodies and are based in Beirut.
Judgements are passed by a president and two consulting judges, except in the cases where judgements are pronounced by the general body of the Court of Cassation.
The Cassation Court is presided by the first president appointed by a Decree promulgated by the Cabinet upon proposal of the Minister of Justice. The first president distributes work among the chambers of the Cassation Court.
The Cassation Court also comprises a general prosecution presided by a general prosecutor who is appointed as per a Decree promulgated by the Cabinet upon proposal of the Minister of Justice, in addition to a financial prosecutor.
There are Appeal Courts in the center of every Mouhafazat (governorate). Their judgements are passed by a president and two consulting judges.
Each Appeal Court comprises a general prosecution presided by a general prosecutor who is attended by advocates general.
Work is distributed among chambers of the same Appeal Court upon decision of the Minister of Justice further to consultations with the Higher Judicial Council and upon proposal of the first president of this Court.
First Degree Courts:
First Degree Courts are composed of chambers whose judgments are pronounced by a president and two consulting judges per chamber, in addition to sections which judgments are passed by a single judge.
One court may have several chambers or sections. Work is distributed among these chambers and sections by decision of the Minister of Justice further to consultations with the Higher Judicial Council and upon a proposal of the first president of the Appeal Court to which this Court belongs.