3 Assitant Coroner Vacancies Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire06/04/2020 23:59
Beaconsfield and Oxford
1 x Assistant Coroner for Buckinghamshire
Fee paid post, £391 per day (includes April 2020 JNC uplift)
2 x Assistant Coroners for Oxfordshire
Fee paid post, £437 per day (includes April 2020 JNC uplift)
Successful candidates may be appointed to both authorities or individual authorities
Buckinghamshire Council and Oxfordshire County Council are seeking to appoint new Assistant Coroners to support the Senior Coroners across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high quality coroner service to the people of Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Both authorities are looking for exceptional candidates 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 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 candidates 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.
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.
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 candidates 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).
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 and Lord Chancellor prior to their 70th birthday.
In Buckinghamshire, the Assistant Coroner will be based in the dedicated court and Coroner’s Office in Beaconsfield where it is co-located with the Registration Service. Office opening hours are 8am-4pm.
In Oxfordshire, the Assistant Coroners will be based in the dedicated court and Coroner’s Office in Oxford where it is co-located with the Registration Service. Office opening hours are 8am-4pm.
The candidate pack is available here:bucks oxon - assistant coroner pack final
You can apply to either authority and will be considered for all roles unless specified in the application:
If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact:
Buckinghamshire: Wendy Morgan-Brown on 01296 383521. If you wish to have a discussion with the Senior Coroner or arrange a visit please email: [email protected]
Oxfordshire: For all enquiries please contact Ruth Rees on 01865 815022.
Suitably qualified applicants are requested to submit their CV as follows, CVs not submitted here will not be accepted. Application can be submitted to either authority and will be considered for all roles unless specified in the application.
Closing date: Monday, 6 April 2020
Interview date: Monday, 18 May 2020 - Beaconsfield Coroner's Court
The vacancies for these posts have been notified to the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor (as required by statute).