Superior Court


Any matters heard in the above court are filed with the Surrogate's Office. The matters range from filing proceedings to have a guardian appointed for an incapacitated person, an action to compel an Executor or Administrator to an accounting and a request for the removal of an Executor or Administrator.

Helpful Information for Filing Applications in NJ Superior Court:

  • The Surrogate Court is a Court of limited jurisdiction.  Should a dispute arise, the Surrogate may not act.  The parties must seek resolution of the dispute in New Jersey Superior Court.
  • Probate litigation is heard by the Superior Court of New Jersey Chancery Division, Probate Part, The Honorable Anne McDonnell, J.S.C.
  • All actions are commenced by filing a verified complaint and order to show cause pursuant to R. 4:83 and R. 4:67 of the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey.

Probate matters are usually commencing at 9:00 a.m. It is best to send your papers to our office and we will advise you of the hearing date. However, you may call our office and ask what our probate dates are, especially when filing a Notice of Motion.         

Important Information and Phone Numbers

Honorable Anne McDonnell
19 N. Broad St.
Courtroom 203
Woodbury, NJ 08096 

Giuseppe Chila, Surrogate 
17 N. Broad St.
Woodbury, NJ 08096
  • Judge's Chambers: (856) 878-5050 x 15285
  • Judge's Secretary Fax: (856) 379-2491
  • Deputy Surrogate: (856) 853-3284
  • Deputy Surrogate Fax: (856) 853-3311
  • Judge's Law Clerk: (856) 878-5050 x 15286
  • For Transcript Requests please contact: (856) 853-3205
  • Gloucester County Bar Association please contact: (856)-848-4071
  • Lawyer Referral please contact: (856)-848-4589

Filing Fees

  • Complaint and Order to Show Cause $175.00
  • Answer $110.00
  • Notice of Motion $15.00
  • Guardianship for Alleged Incapacitated Person $200.00

Hearing Dates

Wednesday, February 5th (Probate)
Wednesday, February 19th (Probate)
Thursday, February 20th (Guardianship)
Wednesday, March 4th (Probate)
Thursday, March 5th (Guardianship)
Wednesday, March 18th (Probate)
Thursday, March 19th (Guardianship)
Wednesday, April 1st (Probate)
Thursday, April 2nd (Guardianship)
Wednesday, April 29th (Probate)
Thursday, April 30th (Guardianship)
Wednesday, May 13th (Probate)
Thursday, May 14th (Guardianship)
Wednesday, May 27th (Probate)
Thursday, May 28th (Guardianship)
Wednesday, June 10th (Probate)
Thursday, June 11th (Guardianship)
Wednesday, June 24th (Probate)
Thursday, June 25th (Guardianship)

Instructions - Report of Guardian

All guardians are required to file periodic reports. Click Here

Any questions you may have regarding Superior Court, Probate matters may be directed to the Deputy Surrogate at 856-853-3284.