|Nantucket District Court||Nantucket||Massachusetts 02554||4 miles|
|Nantucket Superior Court||Nantucket||Massachusetts 02554||4 miles|
|Dukes Superior Court||Edgartown||Massachusetts 02539||19 miles|
|Edgartown District Court||Edgartown||Massachusetts 02539||19 miles|
|Massachusetts Trial Courts||Falmouth||Massachusetts 02540||30 miles|
|Barnstable County Superior Court||Barnstable||Massachusetts 02630||30 miles|
|Barnstable District Court||Barnstable||Massachusetts 02630||30 miles|
|Second District Court Of Barnstable||Orleans||Massachusetts 02653||37 miles|
|New Bedford District Court||New Bedford||Massachusetts 02740||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.