|Northwood District Court||Northwood||Iowa 50459||10 miles|
|Osage District Court||Osage||Iowa 50461||13 miles|
|Mower County Court||Austin||Minnesota 55912||18 miles|
|Mason City District Court||Mason||Iowa 50401||20 miles|
|Freeborn County Court||Albert Lea||Minnesota 56007||24 miles|
|Charles City District Court||Charles||Iowa 50616||29 miles|
|Forest City District Court||Forest||Iowa 50436||33 miles|
|Garner District Court||Garner||Iowa 50438||37 miles|
|New Hampton District Court||New Hampton||Iowa 50659||43 miles|
|Cresco District Court||Cresco||Iowa 52136||45 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.