Area Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde Coroner Area07/06/2024 10:00


Area Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde Coroner Area

Salary £57,943.20 (based on 0.6FTE) per annum [in line with the Coroners JNC Circular 68 – part time equivalent]

Closing date: Friday 7th June 2024 at 10pm]


Blackpool Council is seeking to appoint an Area Coroner. This is a new post.


About the post:

The Area Coroner will work closely with the Senior Coroner to provide judicial leadership to the coroner’s team as well as conducting their own coronial investigations and inquests. The Area Coroner is the nominated deputy for the Senior Coroner when the Senior Coroner is absent. The Area Coroner will be expected on occasion to be available out of hours.


Blackpool Council is looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of exercising sound judgement and communicating effectively. In this role, 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, Local Authority, Police and other stakeholders is essential.


You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coronial law and of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting investigations and an understanding of court procedures. You will also need to demonstrate 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 the running of a coronial jurisdiction including carrying out investigations, case management and conducting inquests.


Who can apply:

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 which means they will have five years of experience whilst holding that qualification. They will be under the age of 75, 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).


Statutory Terms of the Appointment:

Once a Coroner is appointed they are then a Judicial Office holder until they reach the age of 75 years (compulsory retirement age) unless they choose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior to their 75th birthday. 


How to apply:

Please see below point 5 – Recruitment and Selection process in the candidate information pack.


If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Alan Wilson, Senior Coroner, by email at [email protected].

candidate information pack - final

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and their supporting statement addressing "Area Coroner Role Responsibilities and Assessment criteria" in the candidate information pack to: [email protected]


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


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