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Posted on: May 21, 2021

Department Spotlight: Surrogate Court

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Gloucester County is committed to serving our residents and providing them with the best services we have to offer.

As Director of the Gloucester County Board of Commissioners, I have the privilege to oversee all departments that serve the residents of Gloucester County. 

In 2021, we’re continuing these services, events and more and want to educate you on how you can get the most out of living in Gloucester County.

The Gloucester County Surrogate Court’s goal is to provide professional, courteous, and friendly service to the residents of Gloucester County. The Gloucester County Surrogate is Giuseppe Chila. 

The Gloucester County Surrogate administers a court which is certain to touch the lives of every person in the county at some time. The responsibility of the Surrogate is to oversee the administration of the many services offered by this Surrogate's Court. 

These include: 

  • Validating Wills and appointing Executors
  • Appointing administrators for those who die without Wills
  • Reviewing and assisting with the documentation surrounding adoption
  • The Court also schedules adoption hearings
  • Reviewing and assisting with the documentation surrounding and adult guardianship
  • The Court also schedules Superior Court Probate Part case hearings
  • Management of funds in the Surrogate Intermingled Trust Fund for the benefit of Minors
  • The Surrogate is permitted to officiate Marriages and Civil Unions
  • The Surrogate Court holds public records that date back to the 1700s.

View the forms the Surrogate Court provides for individuals preparing and administering an estate. 

Visit the Surrogate Court webpage for more information and how to contact their offices.

Myself and the entire Board of County Commissioners is committed to providing outstanding services to its residents. Our departments will always provide individuals with the best service for them and their families. We hope if you are in need, you will not hesitate to reach out to our departments and offices.

We are always here to answer questions and listen to suggestions from our residents. It’s with your help that we can continue to make Gloucester County the best place for you, your family and your friends to live, work and grow. 

Thank you,

Robert M. Damminger


Gloucester County Board of Commissioners


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