|Peabody District Court||Peabody||Massachusetts 01960||8 miles|
|Essex Superior Court||Salem||Massachusetts 01970||9 miles|
|Salem District Court||Salem||Massachusetts 01970||9 miles|
|Haverhill District Court||Haverhill||Massachusetts 01830||11 miles|
|Lawrence District Court||Lawrence||Massachusetts 01840||11 miles|
|Ipswich District Court||Newburyport||Massachusetts 01950||12 miles|
|Newburyport District Court||Newburyport||Massachusetts 01950||12 miles|
|Lynn District Court||Lynn||Massachusetts 01901||12 miles|
|Woburn District Court||Woburn||Massachusetts 01801||15 miles|
|Gloucester District Court||Gloucester||Massachusetts 01930||15 miles|
|Plaistow District Court||Plaistow||New Hampshire 03865||15 miles|
|Malden District Court||Malden||Massachusetts 02148||16 miles|
|Salem District Court||Salem||New Hampshire 03079||16 miles|
|Hampton District Court||Seabrook||New Hampshire 03874||18 miles|
|Chelsea District Court||Chelsea||Massachusetts 02150||18 miles|
|Lowell District Court||Lowell||Massachusetts 01852||18 miles|
|Somerville District Court||Somerville||Massachusetts 02145||18 miles|
|East Boston District Court||Boston||Massachusetts 02128||19 miles|
|Charlestown District Court||Boston||Massachusetts 02129||19 miles|
|Middlesex Superior Court||Cambridge||Massachusetts 02141||20 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.