Assistant Coroner for the Isle of Wight28/02/2020 23:59

Coroner’s Office in Newport, which is co-located with the Registration Service IoW

Assistant Coroner for the Isle of Wight

Fee paid post, in the region of £463 per day.

The Isle of Wight Council 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 the Isle of Wight.

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. 

Remuneration is in accordance with the Joint Negotiating Committee on Coroners (Coroners’ Circulars 61, 62 and 63).

The number of reported deaths is 843 p.a.

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

The Assistant Coroner(s) will be based in the Coroner’s Office in Newport, which is co-located with the Registration Service. Office opening hours are 8.30.a.m. - 4.30 p.m. on Mondays to Thursdays and 8.30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday.

The Isle of Wight Council is looking for two exceptional candidates 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 coronial 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 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 Local Authority.

It is a Coroner’s personal responsibility to ensure that the Assistant Coroners sit when possible.  The Chief Coroner and the Lord Chancellor would expect an Assistant Coroner to be offered 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 Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3) and a requirement that applicants declare if they are the subject of any complaint or disciplinary proceedings by any professional body to which they belong.

The candidate pack is available here: annex a - assistant coroner advert .doc iow

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Janice Lord, Coroners and Registration Services Manager on 01983 821000 or email [email protected]

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email 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 any experience where appropriate to: [email protected]

Closing date: Friday 28th February 2020

Interview date:  Monday 30th March 2020

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

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