Assistant Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde (x2)02/02/2018 12:00


Assistant Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde


Fee paid post, in the region of £300 per day (rising to £375 per day from the 1st May 2018)


Blackpool Council is seeking to appoint two 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 Blackpool and Fylde.


Once an Assistant Coroner is appointed they are then a Judicial Office holder until they reach the age of 70 years (compulsory retirement age) unless they chose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor prior their 70th birthday. 


The number of reported deaths annually in this jurisdiction is approximately 1700.


The Assistant Coroner will be based in the dedicated court and coroner’s office in the Town Hall, Blackpool where it is co-located with the Registration Service. Office opening hours are 8.30am-4.30pm.


Blackpool Council is looking for an exceptional candidate 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 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


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.


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).


If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Joceline Greenaway, Head of Customer Engagement and Life Events, on 01253 477173.


Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and full supporting statement (see section 5 below) to: [email protected]


Closing date: Friday 2nd February 2018 at 12pm

Interview date:  Monday 26th February 2018

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