|Ellsworth District Court||Ellsworth||Maine 04605|
|Superior Court Clerks Office||Ellsworth||Maine 04605|
|Bangor District Court||Bangor||Maine 04401||20 miles|
|Maine Superior Court||Bangor||Maine 04401||20 miles|
|Belfast District Court||Belfast||Maine 04915||35 miles|
|Waldo County Superior Court||Belfast||Maine 04915||35 miles|
|Newport District Court||Newport||Maine 04953||45 miles|
|Machias District Court||Machias||Maine 04654||46 miles|
|Washington County Rgst-Probate||Machias||Maine 04654||46 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.