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Defiance Municipal Court
665 Perry St
Phone: 419-782-4092 (Civil/Small Claims)
Fax: 419-782-2018 (Civil/Small Claims)
Phone: 419-782-5756 (Criminal/Traffic)
Fax: 419-782-2018 (Criminal/Traffic)
Defiance Municipal Court has jurisdiction over civil, criminal, and traffic matters originating in Defiance County.
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