|Sonora Superior Court||Sonora||California 95370||21 miles|
|Tuolumne County Court||Sonora||California 95370||21 miles|
|Mariposa Superior Court||Mariposa||California 95338||23 miles|
|Merced Superior Court||Merced||California 95340||42 miles|
|Merced Traffic Court||Merced||California 95340||42 miles|
|Calaveras Superior Court||San Andreas||California 95249||42 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.