|Chataignier Mayor's Court||Ville Platte||Louisiana 70586||8 miles|
|Mamou Mayor's Court||Mamou||Louisiana 70554||10 miles|
|Mamou Justice of Peace Court||Mamou||Louisiana 70554||10 miles|
|Basile Justice of Peace Court||Basile||Louisiana 70515||10 miles|
|Iota Justice of Peace Court||Iota||Louisiana 70543||11 miles|
|Basile Mayor's Court||Basile||Louisiana 70515||11 miles|
|Iota Mayor's Court||Iota||Louisiana 70543||12 miles|
|Church Point Justice of Peace Court II||Church Point||Louisiana 70525||13 miles|
|Church Point Justice of Peace Court I||Church Point||Louisiana 70525||13 miles|
|Church Point Magistrate Court||Church Point||Louisiana 70525||13 miles|
|Branch Justice of Peace Court||Branch||Louisiana 70516||13 miles|
|Opelousas Justice of Peace Court||Opelousas||Louisiana 70570||15 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.