|Monterey County Superior Court||Monterey||California 93940||4 miles|
|Marina Superior Court||Marina||California 93933||11 miles|
|Salinas Superior Court||Salinas||California 93901||17 miles|
|Salinas Juvenile Court||Salinas||California 93906||19 miles|
|Watsonville Superior Court||Watsonville||California 95076||25 miles|
|The Superior Court of California-Santa Cruz Courthouse||Santa Cruz||California 95060||28 miles|
|San Benito Superior Court||Hollister||California 95023||35 miles|
|San Martin Superior Court||Gilroy||California 95020||39 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.