|Elephant Butte Municipal Court||Elephant Butte||New Mexico 87935||9 miles|
|Sierra County Magistrate Court||Truth or Consequences||New Mexico 87901||9 miles|
|Truth or Consequences District Court||Truth or Consequences||New Mexico 87901||10 miles|
|Truth or Consequences Municipal Court||Truth or Consequences||New Mexico 87901||10 miles|
|Hatch Municipal Court I||Hatch||New Mexico 87937||41 miles|
|Hatch Municipal Court II||Hatch||New Mexico 87937||41 miles|
|Hatch Magistrate Court||Hatch||New Mexico 87937||41 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.