0.8 FTE Area Coroner for Avon27/03/2019 23:59

Flax Bourton in North Somerset.

0.8 FTE Area Coroner for Avon

Salary £102k per annum pro rata (from 1st April 2019)      

Bristol City Council is seeking to appoint a 0.8 FTE Area Coroner post for the first time.

The Area Coroner will work closely with the Senior Coroner to provide judicial leadership to the coroner team as well as conducting your own coroner investigations and inquests. You will be the nominated deputy for the Senior Coroner. There will be no set days, but will work on an ad hoc basis dependent on the requirement of the court.

Bristol City 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 work closely with the senior coroner and local authority manager to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with the senior coroner, Bristol City Council, Avon and Somerset 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 an assistant coroner or  area 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 choose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior to their 70th birthday. 

The candidate pack is available here: https://jobs.bristol.gov.uk/vacancy/area-coroner-for-avon-380658.html

Please note the portal only allows you to upload one document referred to as CV. Please submit your CV and Cover Letter as one document, which should be no longer than two A4 pages

Closing date: 27th March  2019

Interview date: 29 April 2019


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