Assistant Coroners for West Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove22/01/2019 23:59

West Sussex and/or the City of Brighton and Hove

Assistant  Coroners for West Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove

This is a joint recruitment exercise but appointments will be made to a specific jurisdiction.

Salary – fee paid, in the region of £ 350.00 per day (subject to review)

West Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council are seeking to appoint  Assistant Coroners to support the Senior Coroners across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high quality coroner service to the people of West Sussex and/or the City of Brighton and Hove.

West Sussex County Council and  Brighton and Hove City Council are  looking  for exceptional candidates with excellent proven organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of managing and embracing change.  You will work closely with either 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. 

The successful candidate 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.

These are fee paid positions although they will involve a regular commitment, which is to be agreed between the assistant coroner, 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 be offered and be able to accept a minimum of 15 sitting days each financial year. 

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).

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. 

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Claire Wilton (West Sussex) by email  [email protected]  or Paul Holloway (City of Brighton and Hove)   [email protected].  

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV, and their application   to: [email protected] AND [email protected]. Please specify whether you are applying for one or both Areas.

Closing date: 22nd January 2018 – Interviews will be held on 11th, 14th and 15th February 2019.

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