Area Coroner Vacancy for Derby and Derbyshire22/11/2018 23:59

Coroners Service, St Katherine’s House, Derby and Royal Court, Chesterfield

Area Coroner


Location                      Coroners Service, St Katherine’s House, Derby and Royal Court, Chesterfield

Reference                    JOB/18/01235

Salary details               £95,000 including the provision of an out of hours service.

Job term                      Full Time

Appointment type       Permanent

Hours                          37 hours per week

Closing Date               22 November 2018

Derbyshire County Council is seeking to appoint an Area Coroner. This is a new post.

The Area Coroner will work closely with the Senior Coroner to provide judicial leadership to the coroner team as well as conducting your own investigations and inquests. You will be the nominated deputy for the Senior Coroner.

The number of reported deaths pa is 4700.

This appointment of an Area Coroner will be made on a full-time basis.

The salary will include payment for out of hours availability by agreement with the Senior Coroner. The appointee will be eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme. 

The Area Coroner will be based in the dedicated court and coroner’s offices in Chesterfield where it is co-located with the Registration Service. Office opening hours are 9.00am - 5.00pm.

Derbyshire County Council is looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven leadership, organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of managing and embracing change. 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.

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 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).

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 their 70th birthday.

The candidate pack is available here: Derbyshire County Council Job Site    area coroner advert final candidate pack

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Dr Robert Hunter, Senior Coroner on 01246 201391.

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

 Interview Date: 18 December 2018




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