Rosemarie D. Peters joins Judiciary-Surrogates Liaison Committee
"I am honored to have been recommended for the position by my fellow county surrogates," Peters
"I look forward to contributing to meaningful decisions that will improve both the laws and procedures that guide the work of Surrogate's
offices throughout our state."
As judge of the Surrogate Court of Monmouth County, Peters has the authority to qualify executors and trustees named in wills, to appoint administrators for those who die without wills, and to appoint guardians for minors and legally incapacitated persons.
Peters also serves as deputy clerk of the Superior Court for contested estate matters, declarations of incapacitation, and adoptions.
Office is a department of county governmentand the custodian of the records of estates, wills, guardianships and adoptions dating back to the late 1700s.
These records provide an important source of information for title searchers, genealogists, and local historians.
The Surrogate places adoption records under seal and maintains these records.
Peters is a graduate of Rutgers School of Law-Newark, Thomas A. Edison State College, and Brookdale Community College.
She is a member of the New Jersey and Monmouth County Bar Associations.
Prior to her election as Surrogate in 2006, Peters served on the Middletown Township Committee for 18 years, four of them as Mayor and three as Deputy Mayor.
She is also a former member of the Middletown Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment.
She is a past member of the Executive Board and Legislative Review Committee of the NJ State League of Municipalities.
is a constitutional officer who is elected to the position by county voters every five years.
is in the fourth year of her
first term as the Monmouth County Surrogate.