|Merced Juvenile Court||Merced||California 95341||27 miles|
|San Benito Superior Court||Hollister||California 95023||28 miles|
|Turlock Superior Court||Turlock||California 95380||29 miles|
|San Martin Superior Court||Gilroy||California 95020||32 miles|
|Merced Traffic Court||Merced||California 95340||33 miles|
|Merced Superior Court||Merced||California 95340||33 miles|
|Stanislaus Superior Court||Modesto||California 95354||37 miles|
|Modesto Juvenile Court||Modesto||California 95358||39 miles|
|Modesto Traffic Court||Modesto||California 95355||40 miles|
|Watsonville Superior Court||Watsonville||California 95076||43 miles|
|Salinas Juvenile Court||Salinas||California 93906||44 miles|
|Salinas Superior Court||Salinas||California 93901||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.