Assistant Coroner for Bedfordshire & Luton16/02/2024 16:00


Assistant Coroner for Bedfordshire & Luton

Salary – fee paid, £444 per day, £222 per half day. [in line with the JNC Coroners Circular 68]

Closing date: 16:00 hours on Friday 16th February 2024

Central Bedfordshire Council is seeking to appoint a new Assistant Coroner to support the Senior Coroner across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high-quality coroner service to the people of Bedfordshire & Luton.

It is likely that Central Bedfordshire Council will be recruiting for a new Part-Time Area Coroner post within the next 12 months to provide more consistent and reliable support for the Senior Coroner and, therefore, applications are encouraged from those who might also aspire to gaining a permanent post within the jurisdiction.

About the post:

Central Bedfordshire Council, as the lead authority for the Bedfordshire & Luton jurisdiction, 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. You will work closely with 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 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.

These are fee paid positions although 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 hours 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 20 sitting days each financial year.  However, it is recognised that there is a variance of workload in each area.

When conducting inquests, the Assistant Coroner will be based in the dedicated Court and Coroner’s Office in Ampthill, co-located with the Registration Service. The Coroner’s Office is open to the public from 8am-4pm. The number of reported deaths for 2022 was 2107.  Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

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).

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 Candidate Information January 2024

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Sarah Millett, Coroner Service Manager, on 0300 300 6558 or [email protected].

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

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

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