Surrogate’s Court, 1787 to Present

The Surrogate's Courts are statutory courts that were established by chapter 38 of the Laws of 1787. The Surrogate’s Court, one in each county, has jurisdiction in probate and administration of estates within the county. Surrogate’s Courts have concurrent jurisdiction with the Family Court and the Supreme Court over guardianships of the person and property of infants. Family and Surrogate’s Courts have concurrent jurisdiction over adoption proceedings.