Area Coroner for Stoke on Trent & North Staffordshire10/08/2020 23:59

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Area Coroner for Stoke on Trent & North Staffordshire

Vacancy Details

Salary: £102,687.50 per annum
Location: Stoke Town Hall
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Category: City Council (External Vacancy)
Closing Date: 10/08/2020
Reference: 0000007793



Area Coroner for Stoke on Trent & North Staffordshire

Salary £102,687.50 pa [in line with the Coroners JNC Circular 63]

Closing date: 10 August 2020

Stoke on Trent City Council as the relevant authority 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 coroners team as well as conducting their own coroner 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 on a rota based system.

The number of deaths reported to the Coroner per annum in Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire is approximately 2562

The Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire Coroners Service is currently located in Stoke Town Hall, Glebe Street, Stoke on Trent, ST4 1HH.

Stoke on Trent City 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, the police and other stakeholders is therefore essential.

You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coroner law, of basic medicine and have proven skills in conducting investigations together with 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.

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 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).

Statutory Terms of the Appointment:

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. 

How to apply:

The candidate pack is available, please see attached.

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Caroline Elks, Registration and Coroners Support Service Manager by email: [email protected]

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and their supporting statement to:  [email protected] please quote ‘Area Coroner’ in the subject line.



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

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