Assistant Coroner for Hertfordshire23/04/2018 23:59

The Old Courthouse, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Assistant Coroner for Hertfordshire


Fee paid post of £420 per day.


Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) is seeking to appoint two 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 Hertfordshire.


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 their 70th birthday. 


Remuneration is in accordance with the Joint Negotiating Committee on Coroners (Coroners’ Circular 61 and 62) and payment is made on a sessional basis of £420 per full day court session with adjustments made for half days and non-court days.

The Assistant Coroner(s) will be based at The Old Courthouse, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.  Office opening hours are 08:00-16:30 Monday-Thursday and 08:00-16:00 Fridays.


Please note at times you may be asked to cover the out of hours mobile telephone when the Senior Coroner is on leave or unable to cover. 


Hertfordshire 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 value for money, performance and financial efficiencies.


You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coroner law and 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 need to be forward thinking, be motivated about providing a compassionate service to bereaved people and be able to work effectively with a range of partners.


The successful candidate(s) 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 Head of Coroner Service.


It is a Coroner’s personal responsibility 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 conditions 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). Schedule 3, 3 (a) and (b) CJA 2009) and a requirement that applicants declare if they are subject of any complaint or disciplinary proceedings by any professional body to which they belong.


If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Richard Doggett Head of Coroner Service, on 01707 292788.




Suitably qualified applicants are requested to send a CV of up to two A4 pages together with a detailed personal statement with reference to the essential and desirable requirements for the post and outlining experience where appropriate.


Please send your CV and personal statement to Head of Coroner Service [email protected]


For alternative methods of applying, please contact Human Resources on 01923 555000 or email [email protected]


Closing date: Midnight 8th April 2018


Interview date: 8th June 2018 or w/c 11th June 2018

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