Area Coroner x 2 North East & Central and South East Kent13/06/2019 23:59
County Hall, Maidstone, Kent
Area Coroner – North East Kent
Area Coroner – Central & South East Kent
Salary - £102,000
Kent County Council is seeking to appoint two Area Coroners to support the Senior Coroner in providing a high quality coronial service to Kent and Medway residents. One post is to replace the current postholder for the North East Kent area, and the other post is a new position. We will seek to appoint the successful candidates as Assistant Coroners in the other three areas to provide resilience.
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 their to 70th birthday.
The posts will be based at County Hall, Maidstone. Office opening hours are 9am-5pm. The salary includes statutory out of hours work as set out in the legislative provisions.
We are looking for two exceptional candidates with excellent proven organisational, case management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of managing and embracing change. You will work closely with the local authority Head of Service and the Senior Coroner to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies.
You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coroner law and of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting investigations, case management and conducting inquests. You will also need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations. You will need to be forward thinking, be passionate about providing a compassionate service to bereaved people and be able to work effectively with a range of partners.
The successful candidates will be required to carry out the duties and responsibilities of a coroner as defined in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and associated rules and regulations and as further described in various guidance issued by the Chief Coroner.
The successful candidates 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 and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3).
If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Giles Adey on 07740 186032.
Suitably qualified applicants are required to register as a New User on the councils jobs page of its website www.kent.gov.uk/jobs and complete an on line application form.
Closing date: 23:59 hours Thursday 13 June 2019
Interview date: 10 July 2019
The vacancy for these posts has been notified to the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor (as required by statute).