Assistant Coroner for Avon01/02/2021 23:59

Flax Bourton in North Somerset

Assistant Coroner for Avon

Salary – fee paid, £472 per day. [In line with the JNC Coroners Circular 63]  

Closing date: 1st Feb 2021

Bristol City Council is seeking to appoint a new Assistant Coroner to support the Senior Coroner and Area Coroner across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high-quality coroner service to the people of Avon.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact this year. The postponement of inquests and the need to adapt courts and working environments to adhere to social distancing measures has resulted in a backlog of cases resulting in an ongoing effect of the pandemic.

This role will play a significant part in addressing the backlog and continuing to maintain excellent delivery and standards. The role will be integral in efforts to return to business as usual performance and recovery.

About the post:

Bristol City Council is looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven organisational, management and efficiency skills, and experience of exercising sound judgement and communicating effectively. You will work closely with the Senior Coroner and Area 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 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 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.

Although these are fee paid positions they are likely to involve a regular commitment, which is to be agreed between the assistant coroner, senior coroner and the local authority. You will be expected on occasion to be available to assist on an out of hour rota system.

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 15 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 five years of experience whilst holding that qualification. They will be under the age of 70 and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions set out in 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:

candidate information pack - assistant coroner - december 2020

assistant coroner for avon - job summary role responsibilities and assessment criteria

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Lucy Baker on 01275 461920.

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to upload their CV and supporting statement to via the link above.  

Please apply by uploading your CV and providing a covering letter supporting statement which addresses how you meet the essential criteria for this role.

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