Assistant Coroner for Birmingham & Solihull16/04/2021 23:59

Birmingham

Assistant Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull

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

Closing date: 16 April 2021

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Birmingham City Council is seeking to appoint a number of new Assistant Coroners to support 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 Birmingham and Solihull.

About the post:

Birmingham City Council is looking for exceptional candidates 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 and Area Coroners 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 – save in exceptional circumstances - a minimum of 20 sitting days each financial year and including one continuous calendar week (in line with the Chief Coroner’s Model Coroner Area ‘, 2nd edition, July 2020). 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 70 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 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:

If you wish to have an informal discussion and/or arrange a visit (provided it is permissible under social distancing measures relevant at the time), please in the first instance contact Lynne Boyle on 0121 303 4274 or [email protected].

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To apply for this position, you are required to submit a CV, and a full supporting statement of up to two sides of A4 (no smaller than font 11). It is important that your supporting statement fully addresses the assessment criteria detailed in bold within the job summary, role responsibilities and assessment criteria section of this document.

Applicants are required to email their CV and a supporting statement to: [email protected].

Closing date:  16 April 2021

Interview invitations will be sent out: 3 May 2021

If you do not hear by 17 May 2021 please assume you have not been shortlisted.

Interview date: 19 and 21 May 2021

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

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