|Des Moines District Court||Des Moines||Iowa 50309|
|Indianola District Court||Indianola||Iowa 50125||15 miles|
|Adel Circuit Court||Adel||Iowa 50003||21 miles|
|Winterset District Court||Winterset||Iowa 50273||27 miles|
|Newton District Court||Newton||Iowa 50208||30 miles|
|Ames Clerk of District Court||Ames||Iowa 50010||31 miles|
|Nevada District Court||Nevada||Iowa 50201||32 miles|
|Knoxville District Court||Knoxville||Iowa 50138||32 miles|
|Boone District Court||Boone||Iowa 50036||37 miles|
|Osceola District Court||Osceola||Iowa 50213||38 miles|
|Chariton District Court||Chariton||Iowa 50049||42 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.