|Chama Magistrate Court||Chama||New Mexico 87520||20 miles|
|Chama Municipal Court||Chama||New Mexico 87520||20 miles|
|Pagoasa Springs Municipal Court||Pagosa Springs||Colorado 81147||23 miles|
|Pagoasa Springs County Court||Pagosa Springs||Colorado 81147||23 miles|
|Rio Arriba County Court||Los Ojos||New Mexico 87551||27 miles|
|Ignacio Municipal Court||Ignacio||Colorado 81137||41 miles|
|Bayfield Municipal Court||Bayfield||Colorado 81122||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.