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The Surrogate Court was established by the New Jersey Constitution. It is governed by state statutes as the court in each county responsible for certain statutory and assigned duties and functions related to wills, guardianships of minors and incapacitated people. The office has its origins in English law, where the bishop of the region would appoint a substitute, or “surrogate”, to handle certain affairs. Eventually, this authority evolved from church officials to civil officials.
Patricia Egan “Pat” Jones was sworn in as Camden County Surrogate in 2001 after serving as a Camden County Freeholder. Active in her community, county and state for more than thirty years, Surrogate Jones has continuously played a leadership role in a host of nonprofit and service organizations. Currently her memberships on public boards include the Camden County Chapter of the American Red Cross and Larc School. Pat is also cofounder of the Home Port Alliance, the group that brought the Battleship New Jersey home to the Camden Waterfront.
An outstanding alumnus of Rutgers University-Camden, she also serves on the Advisory Boards of both the Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences. Surrogate Jones was honored to be selected as one of Rutgers’ “fifty finest” graduates during their 50th Anniversary celebration held in 2000.
The Honorable Patricia Egan Jones
Camden County Surrogate's Court
600 Market Street
Camden, New Jersey 08102
Mon - Fri 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
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