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Ipswich District Court
188 State Road
Ipswich District Court has jurisdiction over cases for the cities and towns of Hamilton, Ipswich, Topsfield, and Wenham. Effective March 27, 2017, criminal business from Haverhill District Court will be conducted at this location.
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