Assistant Coroner x 2 for West Yorkshire (Eastern) Coroner area22/07/2018 23:59

H M Coroner’s Service 71 Northgate, Wakefield WF1 3BS

Assistant Coroner x 2 for West Yorkshire (Eastern) Coroner area


Pay £454 per day


Wakefield and Leeds Councils are seeking to appoint 2 Assistant Coroners to support the Senior Coroner, Area Coroner and 3 Assistant Coroners.


The Assistant Coroners will be based in the dedicated Court and Coroner’s Office in Wakefield which has advertised opening hours of 8.45 am – 4.30 pm ( Mon – Thurs) and 8.45 am – 4 pm (Friday).


Wakefield and Leeds Councils are looking for exceptional candidates with excellent proven leadership, organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of managing and embracing change.  You will work closely with the local authority manager to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with the local authority, the police and other stakeholders is essential.


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


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 on a 5 year basis.  They will be under the age of 70, have experience of working as a Senior Coroner, Area Coroner or Assistant Coroner and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3).


It is a 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 15 sitting days each financial year. However it is recognised that there is a variance of workload in each area.


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 or Lord Chancellor prior to their 70th birthday.

The candidate should declare any other matters which they believe should be brought to the attention of the Local Authority, particularly bearing in mind the basic set of guiding principles in the Guide to Judicial Conduct

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Mr Simon Walker, Coroner’s Services Manager on 01924 302147


Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and full supporting statement identifying how they meet the essential criteria to: [email protected]


Closing date: Sunday 22 July 2018 at midnight

Interview date: Monday 10 September 2018



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

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