|Bakersfield Superior Court||Bakersfield||California 93301||2 miles|
|Kern County Superior Court||Bakersfield||California 93301||2 miles|
|Bakersfield Juvenile Court||Bakersfield||California 93305||4 miles|
|Lamont Superior Court||Lamont||California 93241||9 miles|
|Shafter Courts||Shafter||California 93263||18 miles|
|Taft Superior Court||Taft||California 93268||28 miles|
|Delano Superior Court||Delano||California 93215||32 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.