|Independence District Court||Independence||Iowa 50644||19 miles|
|Waterloo District Court||Waterloo||Iowa 50703||19 miles|
|Waverly District Court||Waverly||Iowa 50677||20 miles|
|West Union District Court||West Union||Iowa 52175||23 miles|
|New Hampton District Court||New Hampton||Iowa 50659||28 miles|
|Manchester District Court||Manchester||Iowa 52057||35 miles|
|Elkader District Court||Elkader||Iowa 52043||36 miles|
|Allison District Court||Allison||Iowa 50602||37 miles|
|Vinton District Court||Vinton||Iowa 52349||37 miles|
|Charles City District Court||Charles||Iowa 50616||40 miles|
|Grundy Center District Court||Grundy Center||Iowa 50638||43 miles|
|Decorah District Court||Decorah||Iowa 52101||44 miles|
|Cresco District Court||Cresco||Iowa 52136||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.