In most counties in the United States the local trial courts conduct their business in a centrally located courthouse which may also house the offices of the county treasurer, clerk and recorder and assessor. The courthouse is usually located in the county seat, although large metropolitan counties may have satellite or annex offices for their courts.
The courthouse is usually located in the county seat, although large metropolitan counties may have satellite or annex offices for their courts.
Many federal judicial districts are further divided into divisions, which may also have their own courthouses, although sometimes the smaller divisional court facilties are located in buildings that also house other agencies or offices of the United States government.
The courthouse is part of the iconography of American life and is often shown in cinema.
During their peak of construction, countycourthouses were looked on by citizens as symbols of liberty and independence, purveyors of justice in the land of the free.
Courthouses were also viewed as staunch hometown symbols of the people's faith in their ability to govern themselves, and sometimes, too, of the determination of one county to outshine the adjacent area.
The courthouse was occupied jointly by the county and the municipality as courthouse and city hall.
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