Area Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern) Coroner Area09/01/2022 23:59

Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Area Coroner for West Yorkshire (Eastern) Coroner Area

Salary £105,601pa [in line with the Coroners JNC Circular 66]  

Closing date: Sunday 9 January 2022

 

Wakefield and Leeds Councils are seeking to appoint a second Area Coroner (new post) to assist the Senior Coroner to provide a statutory Coroner Service for the West Yorkshire Eastern Coroner’s Service Area.

The number of reported deaths pa was 3822 in 2020. Accordingly we appoint our Area Coroners with a salary on a full-time basis.

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 Senior Coroner, 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.

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

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.

Wakefield 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 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 here: Application Pack

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

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

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

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