Courts personify the law and play a central role in every legal system. But what precisely is that role? Are courts the best forum for resolving disputes? What do judges do? What of their appointment, election, and accountability? Can judges be genuinely impartial or objective? What is the purpose of a criminal trial? Is the jury system effective and fair? ‘Courts’ attempts to answer these questions, and also considers different court systems around the world, the moral responsibility of judges, the difference between criminal and civil trials, sentencing, the politics of the judiciary, and alternative dispute resolution.