Assistant Coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon area29/06/2018 23:59

Coroner’s office in County Hall, Exeter


Assistant Coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon area


Fee paid post, in the region of £400 per day.


Devon County 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 Exeter and Greater Devon.


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


The number of reported deaths is 2834


The Assistant Coroner will be based in the coroner’s office in County Hall, Exeter.


Devon County 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 performance, value for money 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 could 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).


The candidate pack is available here:

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If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Rosalie Robison, Coroners Service Manager on 01392 383042.


Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV to: [email protected]


Closing date: 29 June 2018
Interview date:  30 July 2018]


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

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