Assistant Coroner(s) for West Yorkshire Western Coroner Area02/05/2019 17:00
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Assistant Coroner for West Yorkshire Western Coroner Area
Fee paid post, in the region of £400 per day (subject to review)
Bradford Council is seeking to appoint 3 Assistant Coroners to support HM Senior Coroner across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high-quality coroner service to the people of West Yorkshire.
Bradford Council is looking for exceptional candidates. You will ideally have significant and recent experience of Coroner Law and procedures, prior experience as an Assistant Coroner is highly desirable. You will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coronial law, knowledge of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting investigations and understanding of court procedure, willing to read, prepare and hear the whole range of inquests from straightforward cases to those fully engaging with Article 2 both with and without a jury.
You will have a sound knowledge of all aspects of the English legal system with particular regard to Coronial Law and the laws of evidence, the administration of the legal system and Court procedures. Equally, you should have practical experience in the conduct of Court proceedings and will demonstrate the ability to handle highly sensitive or emotionally charged situations effectively. You must have the ability to readily explain legal and medical terms to non-specialists. You will also need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations involving relatives, witnesses, the police and media.
You will work closely with the Senior Coroner to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies.
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.
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. You must have the flexibility to accommodate such sitting dates as the Area requires and be available for designated weekend cover and bank holidays, which on occasions may be set at short notice.
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.
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 and Lord Chancellor prior to their 70th birthday.
The Assistant Coroners will be based in the dedicated court and coroner’s office in Bradford Office. Office opening hours are 08:00 to 16:00, but court may run to 16:30 and sometimes later.
The candidate pack is available here: assistant coroner pack bradford april19 updated 030419 1
If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Marian Connell, Coroner’s Service Manager, on 07971 133910
Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV to: [email protected]
Closing date: Thursday 2 May 2019 17:00
The vacancy for this post has been notified to the Chief Coroner and Lord Chancellor (as required by statute).