|Northwood District Court||Northwood||Iowa 50459||6 miles|
|Mason City District Court||Mason||Iowa 50401||14 miles|
|Osage District Court||Osage||Iowa 50461||20 miles|
|Freeborn County Court||Albert Lea||Minnesota 56007||22 miles|
|Forest City District Court||Forest||Iowa 50436||22 miles|
|Mower County Court||Austin||Minnesota 55912||25 miles|
|Garner District Court||Garner||Iowa 50438||26 miles|
|Charles City District Court||Charles||Iowa 50616||33 miles|
|Hampton District Court||Hampton||Iowa 50441||42 miles|
|Allison District Court||Allison||Iowa 50602||46 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.