Area Coroner for the County of Dorset13/06/2021 23:59


Area Coroner for the County of Dorset -Local authority jobs pages

Salary £104,040

Closing date: 13th June 2021

BCP Council is seeking to appoint an Area Coroner to support the Senior Coroner across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high quality coroner service to the people of the County of Dorset.

About the post:

The Area Coroner will work closely with the Senior Coroner to provide judicial leadership to the coroner 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 expcted on occasion to be available out of hours on a rota based system.  

BCP 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 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 shared running of a coroner’s jurisdiction including carrying out investigations, case management, and conducting inquests including jury 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 here: Download

If you wish to have an informal discussion, please contact the Senior Coroner for Dorset, Rachael Griffin on 01202 123900 or via email [email protected]  

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV 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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