Assistant Coroner Essex10/06/2022 23:59

Chelmsford, Essex

Assistant Coroner

Permanent, Part Time

Fee paid, £450 per day. [in line with the JNC Coroners Circular 66]

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Fixed-base worker

Closing Date: 10th June 2022

Assistant Coroner for Essex.

Salary – Fee Based: Daily rate of £450 is applicable (half-daily rate £225 for hours worked up to 3.6). Rates are based on JNC Coroners Circular 63

Role Type: As and when required (min 20 days per annum)

Essex County Council is seeking to appoint 4 new Assistant Coroners to bring additional capacity to the Senior and Area Coroners, across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high-quality coroner service to the people of Essex.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of the busiest and most diverse jurisdictions in England and to develop your Coronial experience.

Job Summary and Responsibilities:

Home to 1.4 million people, Essex is the second most populated English county and one of the busiest Coronial Areas in the UK. As a broadly diverse area that benefits from an unspoilt coastline and countryside, desirable market towns, dynamic working opportunities and a varied social and cultural life, the county offers something for everyone. Home to major urban areas including Basildon and Harlow and nationally important infrastructure such as Stansted Airport, the work we do at Essex County Council is both complex and highly interesting. Chelmsford is only 40 mins from London via train, and our facilities include 3 courtrooms including new offices and court accommodation.

Essex is a busy Coroner service; the number of reported deaths pa was 5774 in 2021. This is a significant number of reported deaths, due to the geographical size of the jurisdiction as well as its make-up, with a combination of major urban areas as well as rural components and means that Essex is amongst the largest coroner areas in England and Wales.

We take our responsibilities to our local population very seriously in both life and death. As such, we are committed to providing a sector-leading, compassionate coronial service – and it is here that you could play a vital part in our duties. We are currently looking for an organised individual with good investigative skills to work closely with the coronial team, including the Senior Coroner and Area Coroners, delivering a high-quality and efficient service, that is recognised as a centre of excellence for best practice. For an ambitious and experienced professional this is an excellent opportunity to lead change to improve service delivery and make a difference for the people of Essex.

You 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

To excel in this role, you must be a Barrister, Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive and satisfy the judicial appointment eligibility condition on a five-year basis. You will be under the age of 75 and subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3) . You will also need to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the relevant

legislation and you will be adept at holding complex inquests. With well-developed communication skills, you will be able to handle sensitive situations.

In turn, we can offer a desirable benefits package, plus the chance to join a progressive team that will welcome your input. We are always keen to improve the service that we offer and explore new opportunities and better ways of working – making for a particularly fulfilling working life. With the backing of friendly colleagues and a senior management team who will help you excel in the role; you will find a solid work/life balance. So, join us in this progressive role, and share your expertise with a team who are committed to excelling in all that they do.

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.

The successful candidate will be required to carry out the duties and responsibilities of an assistant 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.

These are fee paid positions which require a commitment from you to support the service as and when required, and which is to be agreed between the assistant coroner, senior coroner and the local authority. You will also be expected, on occasion, to assist in supporting an out of hours rota.

It is a Coroner’s personal responsibility (and not that of his/her clerk/secretary) to ensure that they sit when possible. The Chief Coroner and the Lord Chancellor would expect an assistant coroner to offer a minimum of 20 sitting days each financial year. However, it is recognised that there is a variance of workload in each area.

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 5 years of experience whilst holding that qualification. They will be under the age of 75 and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3).

To discuss this post informally, or for more information as to how to apply please contact [email protected]

Statutory terms of the appointment:

Once a Coroner is appointed, they are then a Judicial Office holder until they reach the age of 75 years (compulsory retirement age) unless they choose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior to their 75th birthday.

How to apply:

The candidate pack is available here: Assistant Coroner Application Pack, CLICK HERE

Please note that the selection interviews are planned to be in County Hall, Chelmsford.

Closing Date: 10th June 2022, midnight.

Interview Dates: 27th & 28th July 2022

Equal Opportunities:

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact [email protected]

Please email your CV and supporting statement (limited to 2 sides of A4) along with your declaration Assistant Coroner Declaration, CLICK HERE to [email protected] by the specified closing date, June 10th 2022


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

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