Area Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern) Coroner area30/01/2020 23:59


Area Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern) Coroner area

Salary £100,000 pa

Wakefield and Leeds Councils are seeking to appoint a new Area Coroner to replace the current post-holder who retires in May 2020.

The number of reported deaths pa was 3722 in 2019. Accordingly we appoint our Area Coroner with a salary on a full-time basis.

The salary will include payment for out of hours availability by agreement. 

The Area Coroner will be based in the dedicated Court and Coroner’s Office in Wakefield which has advertised opening hours of 8.45 am – 4.30 pm ( Mon – Thurs) and 8.45 am – 4 pm (Friday).

You will be required to demonstrate substantial and current experience of working as an Area Coroner or Assistant Coroner.

You must have the ability to inspire respect and confidence in others and to remain calm under pressure. 

You will be required to work constructively with others to deliver an effective and efficient Service with insight and understanding into the roles and responsibilities of others within the Coroner’s Team.

At appointment you are required to have a sound knowledge of all aspects of the English legal system with particular regard to Coronial law and the laws of evidence, the administration of the legal system and Court procedures. 

Equally you must have practical experience in the conduct of Court proceedings and will demonstrate the ability to handle highly sensitive or emotionally charged situations effectively. 

It is desirable that the successful candidate has proven experience of Coroner’s investigations, case management, and conducting inquests.

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 on a 5 year basis.  They will be under the age of 70, have experience of working as a Senior Coroner, Area Coroner or Assistant Coroner 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 chose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior to their 70th birthday.

Application Pack:area coroner advert - 8 january 2020

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Mr Simon Walker, Coroner’s Services Manager on 01924 302147

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and full supporting statement identifying how they meet the essential criteria to: [email protected]

Closing date: Thursday 30 January 2020 at midnight
Interview date:  Monday 10 February 2020

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

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