|Ames Clerk of District Court||Ames||Iowa 50010||10 miles|
|Nevada District Court||Nevada||Iowa 50201||12 miles|
|Boone District Court||Boone||Iowa 50036||19 miles|
|Des Moines District Court||Des Moines||Iowa 50309||21 miles|
|Adel Circuit Court||Adel||Iowa 50003||28 miles|
|Newton District Court||Newton||Iowa 50208||31 miles|
|Indianola District Court||Indianola||Iowa 50125||36 miles|
|Marshalltown District Court||Marshalltown||Iowa 50158||37 miles|
|Jefferson District Court||Jefferson||Iowa 50129||41 miles|
|Hamilton County Clerk of Court||Webster||Iowa 50595||41 miles|
|Eldora District Court||Eldora||Iowa 50627||42 miles|
|Winterset District Court||Winterset||Iowa 50273||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.