Vacancies Assistant Corooner West Yorkshire (Western)




Post Title

Assistant Coroner


Coroner’s Office, West Yorkshire (Western)


Based at Coroners Court, The City Courts, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1LA


£400 per day (pro rata for half a day)


In accordance with the needs of the service must be available at all times to undertake urgent matters which cannot wait until the next working day


Details of Advertisement:


Bradford Metropolitan District Council (BMDC) as relevant authority for three Coroner jurisdictions, namely, Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale is seeking to appoint at least 5 Assistant Coroners to serve the coronial area of West Yorkshire (Western) and to support the Senior Coroner.  Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals.

An Assistant Coroner is an independent judicial office holder who is appointed by Bradford Metropolitan District Council but is not an employee of the Council.

The West Yorkshire jurisdiction covers an area with a population of over 1,000,000.


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).


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.


You will preferably have significant and recent experience of coroner law and procedures. Although prior experience as an Assistant Coroner is not essential, you will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coronial law, knowledge of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting investigations and understanding of court procedure, and should be willing to prepare and hear the whole range of inquests from simple cases to those fully engaging Article 2 both with and without a jury.


You will have a sound knowledge of all aspects of the English and Welsh legal system with particular regard to coronial law and the laws of evidence, the administration of the legal system and court procedures. Equally, you should have practical experience in the conduct of court proceedings and will demonstrate the ability to handle highly sensitive or emotionally charged situations effectively. Your exceptional communication skills are important. You must have the ability to readily explain legal and medical terms to non-specialists, and you must be competent in dealing with sensitive situations involving relatives, witnesses, the police and the media. You should be willing to prepare and hear the whole range of inquests within the scope of


your abilities.


This is a fee paid position although it is likely to involve a regular commitment, which is to be agreed between you, the senior coroner and the local authority.


You must have the flexibility to accommodate such sitting dates as the Area requires, and be available for designated weekend cover and bank holidays, which on occasions, must be set at short notice.


You will be able to work closely with the Senior Coroner, Mr. Martin Fleming and you must be able to recognise the importance of continuous professional development (CPD) and your own role in your CPD

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Applicants should submit a CV and personal statement of no more than 3 pages of A4 paper in size 12 Font for both documents evidencing as appropriate the essential and desirable requirements for the post. In addition you are required to declare if you are subject of any complaint or disciplinary proceedings by any professional body to which you belong.  Duplication in the CV and personal statement should be avoided.


The closing date for completed applications is Monday 25th September 2017 at 23.59 Interviews will be held in Bradford.


If you have not heard anything following your application by Friday 6th October 2017 please assume your application has been unsuccessful.


The successful applicant will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Application Form and to provide criminal conviction information.


Please submit your application to or via email or to Shabana Asghar, Department of Corporate Services, 1st Floor Britannia House, Bradford, BD1 1HX.


If you incur any problems Rehfan Khan or Karen Hoyle can be contacted on 01274 434294 or 437455