|San Francisco Superior Criminal Court||San Francisco||California 94103||4 miles|
|San Francisco Traffic Court||San Francisco||California 94103||4 miles|
|San Francisco Superior Civil Court||San Francisco||California 94102||4 miles|
|San Mateo Superior Court I||South San Francisco||California 94080||4 miles|
|Alameda Juvenile Court||Alameda||California 94501||9 miles|
|Oakland Superior Court||Oakland||California 94607||9 miles|
|Alameda Superior Court||Oakland||California 94612||10 miles|
|San Mateo Superior Court II||San Mateo||California 94401||11 miles|
|Berkeley Superior Court||Berkeley||California 94704||13 miles|
|San Mateo Juvenile Court||San Mateo||California 94402||15 miles|
|Richmond Superior Court||Richmond||California 94805||15 miles|
|San Leandro Superior Court||San Leandro||California 94578||16 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.