Vacancy Senior Coroner for Durham and Darlington Coroner Area

Senior Coroner for Durham and Darlington Coroner Area  
Salary £112,211 per annum (plus 5.5% pension supplement) (evaluation pending)  
Durham County Council is seeking to appoint a new Senior Coroner to replace the current post-holder who retires in August 2017.  
The number of deaths in the area that are reported to the Coroner is around 3,000 per annum.  Accordingly this is a full-time appointment and the salary includes payment for out of hours availability by agreement.    
The role will be based in the dedicated Coroner’s Office  at the Civic Centre in Crook, County Durham. Office hours are 8am until 4pm on weekdays.   
Durham County Council is looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven leadership, organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of managing and embracing change.  You will  ensure value for money, performance and efficiency across the service. The ability to work collaboratively with the local authority, the police and other stakeholders is essential.   
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.    
It is desirable that the successful candidate has proven experience of running or sharing running a coroner’s jurisdiction including carrying out investigations, case management, and conducting inquests.   
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, have experience of working as a Senior Coroner, area coroner or assistant coroner and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3).  
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 candidate pack is available here: (Job Category Legal).  If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Laura  Renaudon, Solicitor on 03000 269886.  
Suitably qualified applicants are invited to apply online via the above website using the application form provided.  
Closing date: Sunday 13th August  
Interviews are expected to take place in September 2017   
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The vacancy for this post has been notified to the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor (as required by statute).