Assistant Coroner Liverpool & Wirral31/05/2021 23:59

Gerard Majella Court House, Boundary Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, L5

Assistant Coroner for Liverpool & Wirral Coroner area

Salary – fee paid, £472 per day in line with the JNC Coroner’s Circular 63

Closing date:  31 May 2021

Liverpool & Wirral Coroner Area are seeking to appoint one Assistant Coroner to meet the needs of the coroner area.  The appointment will be made by Liverpool City Council as the relevant authority.


About the post:

Although prior experience as an Assistant Coroner is not essential, you will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the role. This is an opportunity for lawyers considering their first judicial appointment – existing holders of judicial office will not be preferred on that basis alone. You will also be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coronial law, knowledge of the Core Competencies for Assistant Coroners prescribed by the Chief Coroner’s Guidance No. 20, knowledge 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.

Successful applicants will be required to provide an out-of-hours service when either the Senior Coroner or Area Coroner is absent.

An Assistant Coroner is an independent judicial office holder, appointed by the relevant authority but is not an employee of the Council.  Assistant Coroners deputise for the Senior Coroner covering the full range of duties and responsibilities in this complex area.

It is an Assistant 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 20 sitting days each financial year.  However, it is recognised that there is a variance of workload in each area.

Who can apply:

The successful candidate will be a barrister or a solicitor or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and satisfy the judicial-appointment eligibility condition which means they will have 5 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).

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. 

How to apply:

The candidate pack and declaration form are available on the Liverpool City Council -current vacancies through which portal suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV, declaration form and supporting statement.


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