|Boston Municipal Court||Boston||Massachusetts 02114|
|Suffolk County Superior Court||Boston||Massachusetts 02108||0 miles|
|Charlestown District Court||Boston||Massachusetts 02129||1 miles|
|Cambridge District Court||Cambridge||Massachusetts 02141||1 miles|
|Middlesex Superior Court||Cambridge||Massachusetts 02141||1 miles|
|East Boston District Court||Boston||Massachusetts 02128||1 miles|
|Chelsea District Court||Chelsea||Massachusetts 02150||2 miles|
|South Boston District Court||Boston||Massachusetts 02127||2 miles|
|Somerville District Court||Somerville||Massachusetts 02145||3 miles|
|Roxbury District Court||Boston||Massachusetts 02119||3 miles|
|Brookline District Court||Brookline||Massachusetts 02445||4 miles|
|Malden District Court||Malden||Massachusetts 02148||5 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.