COVID-19 Update

Out of abundance of caution and for the protection of the Essex County community and employees, our office is closed to the public until further notice. If you have any questions please call us at 973-621-4901.

All searches must be done via mail by utilizing the NJ Judiciary Record Request Form. The cost per search is $10.00. Please include a check or money order payable to the Surrogate of Essex County.

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The Essex County Surrogate’s Court Responsibilities

The Essex County Surrogate’s Court responsibilities include validating Wills, appointing administrators for those who die without Wills, and reviewing and assisting with the documentation surrounding adoption and adult guardianship. The Court also schedules adoption hearings as well as Superior Court Probate Part case hearings. The Surrogate’s Court holds public records that date back to the 1700s.

We’re here to help. Bilingual English - Spanish staff on site.
Estamos aquí para ayudarle. Contamos con personal bilinguë inglés y español.

This office touches the lives of almost every individual in Essex County, and we want to ensure that for every process you undertake, every form you fill out, every question you ask, you are equipped with accessible, approachable, and accurate information.

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