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Why Are Courts Important?

Criminal cases are brought to court when a person is accused of breaking the law. Civil cases are brought to court when two people disagree over a set of facts. In both instances, the court helps to resolve the dispute and to determine and protect the rights of the parties.

In criminal court, prosecutors have the right to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and defendants have the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. In civil court, both parties have the right to fair and equal treatment under the law, and they are both provided the opportunity to tell their stories.

Without courts it would be difficult to insure that justice is served when people are accused of breaking the law or when people disagree with their neighbors.