Assistant Coroner for Gwent15/11/2019 23:59

Co-located with the Newport Registration Service

Assistant Coroner for Gwent

(Incorporating Newport City, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Caerphilly and Blaenau Gwent Councils Area )

Fee paid post, in the region of £420 per day.

Newport City Council, on behalf of all of the above Councils is seeking to appoint 2 new 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 Gwent.

We are 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

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.

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 Newport where it is co-located with the Registration Service. Office opening hours are 8.30am-4.30pm.

The candidate pack is available here: where you will also find the online application portal.

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Caroline Saunders, Senior Coroner on 01633 414600.

Closing date and time: Friday 15th November 2019

Interview date:  Monday 2nd December 2019

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