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Prerogative Court of New Jersey


The Prerogative Court held pre-1948 jurisdiction over estate disputes and probate of estates with property in more than one county.

See the Bureau of Archives & History Manuscript Collection (referenced below), Box 1-25, for early papers of this court.

For Prerogative Court records post-dating the collections listed below, contact the Superior Court Records Management Center at 171 Jersey Street, PO Box 967, Trenton, NJ 08625-0967, tel. 609-421-6100.

Consult the Organizational Chart for Pre-1948 Court System for further information on court jurisdictions.


Series:
Department of Education
New Jersey State Library
Bureau of Archives and History
Manuscript Collection, 1680s-1970s
Control #:
SEDSL006
Format:
41.25 c.f. (66 boxes and 9 map folders); 1 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological within record type
Notes:
Includes early records for: governors, legislature, courts, Hunterdon County, local elections, Revolutionary War, etc.
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Judiciary
Maps and Plans, 1850s-1890s
Control #:
SJU00001
Format:
19 c.f. (13 map boxes and 5 flat boxes)
Arrangement:
Various
Notes:
Includes maps filed with the Supreme Court, Chancery Court, and probably Prerogative Court.
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Prerogative Court
Registers [Minutes], 1786-1905
Control #:
SPR00001
Format:
2 c.f. (9 vols.); 6 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Prerogative Court
Case Files, 1780s-1875
Control #:
SPR00002
Format:
9 c.f. (20 boxes); 19 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
By register and page

Series:
Prerogative Court
Miscellaneous Case Files, 1780s-1862
Control #:
SPR00003
Format:
1.5 c.f. (3 boxes); 4 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
By number (roughly chron.)

Series:
Prerogative Court
Miscellaneous Wills/Case Files, 1820s-1920s
Control #:
SPR00004
Format:
1.5 c.f. (3 boxes); 4 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
By case number

Series:
Prerogative Court
Will Books, 1830-1903
Control #:
SPR00005
Format:
1.5 c.f. (6 vols.); 1 reel (35-mm)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
Liber A contains letters of administration granted by the governor.

Series:
Prerogative Court
Record of Division of Real Estate, 1847-1934
Control #:
SPR00006
Format:
0.3 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Prerogative Court
Rules for Hearing, 1855-1870
Control #:
SPR00007
Format:
0.1 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Prerogative Court
Case Files, ca. 1862-1980s
Control #:
SPR00008
Format:
51 c.f. (98 boxes, 4 vols.); 100 reels (35-mm)
Arrangement:
By case number
Notes:
Includes cases docketed prior to the court change-over in 1948; includes papers of cases that continued on beyond this date.
Case Files #1 - #999 (1899-1909) have not been microfilmed.

Series:
Prerogative Court
Opinions, 1928-1948
Control #:
SPR00009
Format:
3 c.f. (5 boxes, 1 vol.)
Arrangement:
By file number

Series:
Prerogative Court
Inventories of Estates, 1881-1904
Control #:
SPR00010
Format:
0.3 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Prerogative Court
Record of Limited Administrations, 1882-1907
Control #:
SPR00011
Format:
0.2 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Prerogative Court
Record Book, 1886-1909
Control #:
SPR00012
Format:
0.3 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Prerogative Court
Bank and Trust Company Files, ca. 1910-ca. 1948
Control #:
SPR00013
Format:
27 c.f. (27 boxes)
Arrangement:
By file number
Notes:
The Prerogative Court general case files, 1863-1948, refer to these files.

Series:
Prerogative Court
Record of Bonds and Releases, 1927-1937
Control #:
SPR00014
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological

Series:
Prerogative Court
Card Indexes to Cases, ca. 1830-1910s
Control #:
SPR00015
Format:
1 c.f. (3 card drawers); 1 reel (16-mm)
Notes:
Includes indexes to several series of records, including Registers [Minutes], Case Files, Will Books and Divisions of Real Estate.

Series:
Supreme Court of New Jersey
Clerk's Office
Docketed Decrees of the Orphans and Prerogative Courts, 1907-1948
Control #:
SSVCL003
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological by filing date


~ The collections listed on this page represent 159.7 c.f. of paper records and 136 reels of microfilm ~



To contact the New Jersey State Archives about research, reference services, records transfers or donations, please email us at njarchives@sos.state.nj.us


For additional and/or more recent records relating to this topic, contact:


Superior Court Records Management Center, 171 Jersey Street, PO Box 967, Trenton, NJ 06255-0967, tel. 609-777-0092


This page last updated 05/17/2006