Vacancy Assistant Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull

Assistant  Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull


Salary – fee paid at  £ 350 per day.


Birmingham City Council is seeking to appoint a new Assistant  Coroner to support the Senior and Area Coroner across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high quality coroner service to the people of Birmingham and Solihull.


All Assistant Coroner appointments are made for an initial term of 12 months thereafter for a renewable term of 3 years, however 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 is in excess of 5,000 per annum.



The Assistant Coroner must be able to travel into Birmingham City Centre within thirty minutes in order to meet service need.


The Assistant Coroner will be based in the dedicated court and coroner’s office in Birmingham City Centre where it is co-located with the public mortuary. Office opening hours are 9am-4pm.


Birmingham City 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 Area Coroner 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).


The candidate pack is available by e mailing Adrian Parkes at


If you wish to have an informal discussion, please contact Mrs Louise Hunt, Senior Coroner on 0121 303 4274.



Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV to: 



Closing date: 2 June 2017


Interview dates:  15 and 16 June 2017



The vacancy for this post has been notified to the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor (as required by statute).