|Bellingham Municipal Court||Bellingham||Washington 98225||8 miles|
|Whatcom County Court||Bellingham||Washington 98225||8 miles|
|Whatcom Superior Court||Bellingham||Washington 98225||8 miles|
|Lynden Municipal Court||Lynden||Washington 98264||9 miles|
|Everson Municipal Court||Everson||Washington 98247||12 miles|
|Blaine Municipal Court||Blaine||Washington 98230||12 miles|
|Sumas Municipal Court||Sumas||Washington 98295||18 miles|
|Anacortes Municipal Court||Anacortes||Washington 98221||24 miles|
|Sedro Woolley Municipal Court||Sedro-Woolley||Washington 98284||28 miles|
|Burlington Municipal Court||Burlington||Washington 98233||29 miles|
|San Juan Superior Court||Friday Harbor||Washington 98250||29 miles|
|San Juan County Court||Friday Harbor||Washington 98250||29 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.