Vacancy Assistant Coroner for Central Hampshire, North East Hampshire and Southampton &New Forest

Assistant Coroner for Central Hampshire, North East Hampshire and Southampton &New Forest

 Salary – fee paid, £300 per day

Hampshire County Council is seeking to appoint a new Assistant Coroner to support the Senior Coroner across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high quality coroner service.

Once a Coroner is appointed they are then a Judicial Office holder until they reach the age of 70 years (compulsory retirement age) unless they chose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior their 70th birthday.

The number of reported deaths across all jurisdictions is c. 5000 per year

The Assistant Coroner will be part of a team of assistants who will be expected to carry out duties of the Senior Coroner's role in the event of his absence. These include time-sensitive tasks relating to death investigations which must be dealt with same day. The Assistant Coroner will also be expected to deal with matters relating to organ transplants.

The Assistant Coroner will be based in the dedicated court and coroner’s office in Winchester or Basingstoke. Office opening hours are currently 08:00-16:00 Monday to Friday

Hampshire County Council is looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of managing and embracing change. You will work closely with the Senior Coroner and Local Authority Service Manager to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies.

You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coroner law and of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting investigations and an understanding of court procedure. You will also need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations.

The successful candidate will be required to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a coroner as defined in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and associated rules and regulations and as further described in various guidance issued by the Chief Coroner.

These are fee paid positions although they are likely to involve a regular commitment, which is to be agreed between the assistant coroner, senior coroner and the local authority.

It is a Coroner’s personal responsibility (and not that of his/her clerk/secretary) to ensure that they sit when possible. The Chief Coroner and the Lord Chancellor would expect an assistant coroner to offer a minimum of 15 sitting days each financial year. However it is recognised that there is a variance of workload in each area.

The successful candidate will be a barrister or a solicitor or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and satisfy the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a 5 year basis. They will be under the age of 70 and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3)

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