|Palo Alto County Clerk||Emmetsburg||Iowa 50536||12 miles|
|Pocahontas District Court||Pocahontas||Iowa 50574||14 miles|
|Kossuth County Clerk of Court||Algona||Iowa 50511||24 miles|
|Clay County Clerk||Spencer||Iowa 51301||27 miles|
|Dakota City District Court||Dakota||Iowa 50529||29 miles|
|Estherville District Court||Estherville||Iowa 51334||33 miles|
|Storm Lake District Court||Storm Lake||Iowa 50588||33 miles|
|Rockwell City District Court||Rockwell||Iowa 50579||38 miles|
|Sac City District Court||Sac||Iowa 50583||39 miles|
|Fort Dodge District Court||Fort Dodge||Iowa 50501||39 miles|
|Dickinson District Court Clerk||Spirit Lake||Iowa 51360||39 miles|
|Cherokee District Court||Cherokee||Iowa 51012||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.