Assistant Coroner for North Wales (East and Central)02/01/2018 23:59

County Hall, Ruthin



Assistant Coroner for North Wales (East and Central)


Fee paid post, in the region of £ 400.00 per day.


Denbighshire County Council is seeking to appoint a new Assistant Coroner (up to three posts) 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 Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham.


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 Assistant Coroner(s) will be based at County Hall, Ruthin.  Office opening hours are 9a.m. to 5.00p.m.


We are looking for an exceptional candidate(s) 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.  You will need to be forward thinking, be passionate 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 local authority. (Minimum of 15 days p.a.)


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).


If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Mr John A Gittins, Senior Coroner, on 01824 708047.


Suitably qualified applicants are requested to complete an online Application Form, together with a detailed personal statement, (no more than two A4 pages), evidencing as appropriate, the essential and desirable requirements for the post.

Please apply on-line via the website  For alternative methods of applying, please contact Human Resources on 01824 706200 or email [email protected]


Closing date: Tuesday 02 January 2018

Interview date:  Thursday 08 February 2018



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