|Ames Clerk of District Court||Ames||Iowa 50010||15 miles|
|Nevada District Court||Nevada||Iowa 50201||18 miles|
|Hamilton County Clerk of Court||Webster||Iowa 50595||18 miles|
|Boone District Court||Boone||Iowa 50036||20 miles|
|Eldora District Court||Eldora||Iowa 50627||27 miles|
|Clarion District Court||Clarion||Iowa 50525||35 miles|
|Fort Dodge District Court||Fort Dodge||Iowa 50501||35 miles|
|Marshalltown District Court||Marshalltown||Iowa 50158||38 miles|
|Hampton District Court||Hampton||Iowa 50441||40 miles|
|Jefferson District Court||Jefferson||Iowa 50129||42 miles|
|Grundy Center District Court||Grundy Center||Iowa 50638||43 miles|
|Des Moines District Court||Des Moines||Iowa 50309||45 miles|
|Dakota City District Court||Dakota||Iowa 50529||45 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.