A court is a government institution that tries criminal cases and decides civil disputes.
The court serves as an unbiased third party which interprets and applies laws to matters in question. Courts are led by one or more judges or justices who serve as decision-makers.
Does a Court have the final say on an issue?
Courts have the final word in their particular jurisdictions. Still, the parties affected by court decisions may appeal their decisions to courts of higher jurisdiction, including appeals courts as well the U.S. Supreme Court, which has the highest jurisdiction to make decisions and judgments. Because of the large volume of legal decisions and judgments which are appealed, very few cases are important enough to be decided by the Supreme Court.
Are television court shows acting as real Courts?
Television-based court shows are not part of the actual judicial system. They have no legal standing, and rulings in those courts are not legally enforceable. Often, these shows are criticized for misrepresenting the nature of real legal proceedings.
Do I have to go to Court?
If you are asked to appear in court, generally you must go in person. Occasionally, the judge may allow an attorney to appear alone on your behalf, but this is rare. In cases where you are a defendant or are named in a subpoena or jury duty assignment, you must appear in person. Failing to appear as ordered may be considered a serious crime in of itself.