Area Coroner for The County of Devon Plymouth and Torbay 4 days per week27/06/2024 23:59

County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD.

Area Coroner for The County of Devon Plymouth and Torbay 4 days per week

Salary £111.02k pro rata  [in line with the Coroners JNC Circular 68]

Closing date: 27 June 2024 - Midnight


Devon County 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 and current Area Coroner to provide judicial leadership to the coroner team as well as conducting their own coroner investigations and inquests. The Area Coroner is one of the nominated deputies for the Senior Coroner when the Senior Coroner is absent. The Area Coroner will be expected on occasion to be available out of hours in liaison with the Senior Coroner.


Devon County 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, Area Coroner and local authority manager to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with the Senior Coroner and Area Coroner, 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 and 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 including with a jury.


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:

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Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and their supporting statement to:  [email protected]


If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Rosalie Robison, Coroner Service Manager, on 01392 383042.


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

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