Assistant Coroner for Lancashire & Blackburn with Darwen16/07/2021 23:59

Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire

Assistant Coroner for Lancashire & Blackburn with Darwen

Fee paid: £408 (full day), £204 (half day) [in line with the JNC Coroners Circular 63]

Closing date: 16th July 2021, 23:59

Lancashire County Council is seeking to appoint three Assistant Coroners to join their current cadre of Assistant Coroners in supporting our Senior Coroner and two Area Coroners in order  to deliver a high quality coroner service to the people of Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals.

About the post:

Lancashire County Council is looking for three exceptional candidates 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 and Area Coroners to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies and will be expected to conduct your own coroner investigations  and inquests

Collaborative working with the Senior Coroner, local authority, the police and other stakeholders is essential. The jurisdiction deals with a significant number of prison deaths and therefore applications from candidates with suitable  experience of  dealing with prison deaths  is welcomed.

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.

You will have a sound knowledge of all aspects of the English legal system with particular regard to Coroner law and the laws of evidence, the administration of the legal system and Court procedures. Equally, you should have practical experience in the conduct of Court proceedings and will demonstrate the ability to handle highly sensitive or emotionally charged situations effectively. The Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen Coroner area places great emphasis on time and cost efficiency and effective case and management skills. Accordingly you will have a proven track record in these areas.

Your exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are important. You must have the ability to readily explain legal and medical terms to non-specialists, and you must  be competent in dealing with sensitive situations involving  relatives, witnesses,  the  police  and the media. You should be willing to prepare and hear the whole range of inquests from simple cases to those fully engaging Article 2 both with and without a jury. You will recognise the importance of your continuous professional development (CPD) and that of all who work in   the service.

Who can apply:

The successful candidates 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 five 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). They will have significant and recent experience of Coronial law and procedures either from experience within a Coronial environment or appearing as an advocate in complex Coronial cases.

This appointment will take effect as soon as possible in 2021.

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.

The Assistant Coroner is an independent judicial office holder, who is appointed by the relevant authorities, but is not an employee of the County Council.

How to apply:

The candidate pack is available on the Lancashire County Council Vacancy website LCC Careers  -  Jobs  (

If you wish to have an informal  discussion please contact Janet Mather on 01772 531123.

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to upload their CV and supporting documentation to the vacancy listed on the Council's website LCC Careers - Jobs (


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