FLEMINGTON, NJ (Hunterdon County)– The Hunterdon County Surrogate Court, at the Justice Center on Park Avenue in Flemington, will reopen for in-person service on Monday, August 2 at 8:00 a.m., in accordance with the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts’ (AOC) directive to all New Jersey Courts, according to County Surrogate Susan J. Hoffman.
“Surrogate business again can be conducted in person, after the Office, although fully operational, acted without in person contact throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Documents were only allowed to be dropped off in the lobby. The public was not allowed into the Justice Center, by order of the AOC, for several months, and business had to be conducted via email, facsimile and telephone since mid-March of 2020,” Hoffman said.
As the court transitions to post-pandemic operations, Surrogate Hoffman recommends that persons who need to transact business in the Surrogate Court seek an appointment to ensure expeditious action, however the Office will also be open for walk ins.
Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners Deputy Director John E. Lanza, who serves as liaison to the Surrogate Court, said, “The Surrogate Court provides valuable services such as filing adoptions, appointing guardians for persons in need and other administrative duties related to wills and probates. There have been challenges for conducting business throughout COVID-19, but the Board and I are grateful to have Surrogate Hoffman’s knowledge and experience during this unusual period.”
Surrogate Hoffman said the drop box in the Justice Center lobby will still be available and health procedures are in place for anyone who does not wish to appear in person at the Surrogate’s Office.
“Masks are currently mandated by the AOC in the Justice Center and the Surrogate Court. Social distancing and other guidelines as established by the CDC and the State of New Jersey must be observed by all who come to the Court. Updates will be provided to the public as mandates change,” Hoffman said.
Residents can email paperwork for processing to email@example.com or fax the Surrogate Court at 908-788-1586.
For more information, visit www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/surrogate.html or call 908-788-1156 with any questions.