|Elkader District Court||Elkader||Iowa 52043||15 miles|
|West Union District Court||West Union||Iowa 52175||16 miles|
|Manchester District Court||Manchester||Iowa 52057||21 miles|
|Independence District Court||Independence||Iowa 50644||23 miles|
|Crawford County Circuit Court||Prairie du Chien||Wisconsin 53821||34 miles|
|Waukon District Court||Waukon||Iowa 52172||37 miles|
|Waterloo District Court||Waterloo||Iowa 50703||38 miles|
|Decorah District Court||Decorah||Iowa 52101||39 miles|
|New Hampton District Court||New Hampton||Iowa 50659||39 miles|
|Waverly District Court||Waverly||Iowa 50677||40 miles|
|Vinton District Court||Vinton||Iowa 52349||44 miles|
Courts are government institutions that administer justice in criminal and civil matters. They're mediated by one or more judges, magistrates or justices who have been appointed or elected.
Courts rely on an adversarial system of justice, which is intended to resolve disputes with fair and impartial outcomes. Their primary purpose is to decide questions of law and determine facts. Attorneys for each side present arguments and introduce evidence to support their arguments.
In some court cases, the final judgment is handed down by a jury of citizens chosen through a selection process. In other cases, a judge makes the final ruling. Cases may be heard in criminal court, civil court, or appellate court.