Assistant Coroner for Gateshead and South Tyneside30/04/2021 23:59

Hebburn, South Tyneside

Assistant Coroner for Gateshead and South Tyneside Coroner area

Salary – fee paid, £472 per day in line with the JNC Coroners Circular 63

Closing date: 30 April 2021

South Tyneside Council is seeking to appoint a new Assistant Coroner to support the Coroner across the full range of ad hoc coroner duties in the busy coronial jurisdiction covering the Districts of Gateshead and South Tyneside in order to deliver a high-quality coroner service to the culturally diverse communities of Gateshead and South Tyneside.

About the post:

South Tyneside Council 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 15 – 20 sitting days each financial year.  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:

The candidate pack is available here:

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Megs Dowling, PA to HM Senior Coroner on 0191 483 8771.

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and supporting statement to Nicola Robason – Head of Corporate and External Affairs (Monitoring Officer) at South Tyneside Council ([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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