Assistant Coroner for Berkshire (up to 3 posts)21/02/2020 23:59

The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG11QH

Assistant Coroner for Berkshire (up to 3 posts)

(Incorporating Bracknell Forest Council, Slough Borough Council, Reading Borough Council, West Berkshire Council, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham Borough Council areas)

Fee paid post – in the region of £414 per day.

Reading Borough Council as the lead authority for the Berkshire Coroner’s Service is seeking to appoint up to 3 Assistant Coroners 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 Berkshire.

Reading Borough Council is looking for exceptional candidates with excellent proven organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of managing and embracing change. 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 Coronial 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 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.

This is a fee paid position although it is likely to involve a regular commitment, which is to be agreed between you, the Senior Coroner and the local authority.

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.

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 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 choose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor prior to their 70th birthday.

The Assistant Coroner will be based in the dedicated court and coroner’s office at The Town Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG11QH. Office opening hours are 9am-5pm.

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to send a CV of two sides of A4 (font size 12) together with a detailed personal statement with reference to the essential and desirable requirements for the post and outlining experience where appropriate.

The candidate pack is available here: candidate information pack ac berks

To apply, please send your CV and supporting statement to: [email protected]

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact: Matthew Golledge, Trading Standards and Coroner’s Service Manager on 0118 937 2479 [email protected]

Closing date: 21 February 2020

Interview date: 24 March 2020


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

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