The National College of Probate Judges (“NCPJ”), organized in 1968, is the only national organization exclusively dedicated to improving probate law and probate courts. “Probate jurisdiction” varies from state to state. However, generally, all probate courts handle cases involving the estates of deceased persons, adult guardianship and protective proceedings, and mental health and addictive disease treatment, and matters concerning developmentally disabled persons. In some states, probate courts handle adoptions, certain juvenile matters, and/or guardianship and conservatorship of minors.
Probate jurisdiction is exercised exlusively or partly in separate probate courts in seventeen (17) states. In the remaining thirty-three (33) states and the District of Columbia, probate jurisdiction is exercised in the general jurisdiction trial courts by assignment or rotation among the judges in multi-judge districts or circuits.
Our Mission Statement and Goals:
The major purposes of the College are:
To promote efficient, fair and just judicial administration in the probate courts, and
To provide opportunities for continuing judicial education for probate judges and related personnel.
These twin purposes are accomplished through a number of national and regional programs and projects, including conferences, publications and other materials, and this Website.
- To foster a court system that offers equitable and expeditious administration of estate and all other proceedings under probate jurisdiction.
- To encourage the preparation and distribution of materials that will aid in the administration of probate courts (for example, court practice manuals).
- To help probate courts take advantage of technological progress in court administration; for example, using computers for document management, court book-keeping, and fiduciary accounting.
- To sponsor regular seminars and courses for the continuing education of probate judges and court personnel.
- To publish and distribute educational brochures and periodicals.
- To provide a continuing educational program as well as other measures that will improve probate judicial administration.
- To cooperate with other legal judicial organizations in efforts to improve judicial administration.
- To be a research and learning resource for judges and scholars studying probate administration.
- To assist in drafting modern probate legislation and provide expert opinions regarding proposed legislation.
- To encourage, where applicable, the preparation and adoption of standardized uniform practice procedures, both within and between states.
Our thanks and appreciation are extended to The Brainstorm Lab of Macon, GA, for the design, implementation, and hosting of our new Website.