|Alameda Superior Court||Oakland||California 94612||3 miles|
|Oakland Superior Court||Oakland||California 94607||3 miles|
|San Leandro Superior Court||San Leandro||California 94578||8 miles|
|Berkeley Superior Court||Berkeley||California 94704||8 miles|
|San Francisco Traffic Court||San Francisco||California 94103||8 miles|
|San Francisco Superior Criminal Court||San Francisco||California 94103||8 miles|
|Jerry Garcia Drug Court||San Francisco||California 94134||9 miles|
|San Francisco Superior Civil Court||San Francisco||California 94102||9 miles|
|Hayward Hall of Justice||Hayward||California 94544||11 miles|
|San Mateo Superior Court I||South San Francisco||California 94080||12 miles|
|San Mateo Superior Court II||San Mateo||California 94401||13 miles|
|Richmond Superior Court||Richmond||California 94805||13 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.