Assistant Coroners for the County of Dorset x up to 325/07/2018 17:00

Bournemouth Town Hall

Assistant Coroners for the County of Dorset

Fee paid post, of £454 per day.

Bournemouth Borough Council is seeking to appoint up to three new Assistant Coroners to support the Senior Coroner for County of Dorset across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high quality coroner service to the people of Dorset.

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 number of reported deaths to the Coroner’s Office in Dorset in 2017 was 3,743.

The Assistant Coroners will be based in the dedicated court and coroner’s office at Bournemouth Town Hall.

Bournemouth Borough Council is looking for an exceptional candidate 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 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 (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. In the first 12 months of appointment there is an expectation that the number of sitting days would be in excess of 15.

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 the Senior Coroner for Dorset, Rachael Griffin, on 01202 454910.

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and supporting information to: [email protected]

Closing date: Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 5pm

Interview date: Week commencing 20th August 2018

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


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