Assistant Coroner(s) vacancies Suffolk and Norfork (up to 3)25/11/2019 17:00

Ipswich and Norwich

Assistant Coroner for Suffolk & Norfolk

Fee paid post – £408 per day in Suffolk and £428 per day in Norfolk

Suffolk & Norfolk County Council are seeking to appoint up to three Assistant Coroners to work across one or both Coroner areas.  There are no fixed hours with this post, but the expectation is that the successful applicant will be available regularly and able to offer their services for approximately 4 days each month. Flexibility will be required to enable the needs of both services to be met.

The number of reported deaths per annum is approximately 2,600 (Suffolk) and 3,200 (Norfolk)

On some occasions you may be asked to be available out of hours in the absence of the Senior and Area Coroners.

The post in Suffolk is based in the dedicated court and coroner’s office at Beacon House, Landmark Business Park, White House Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 5PB, and in Norfolk at the Coroner’s Court, Carrow House, 301 King Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 2TN.

You will work closely with the Senior and Area Coroners to review case files and conduct Inquests in court, bringing each case to a sound conclusion in line with the requirements of the Coroners & Justice Act 2009.

You will be required to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and application of coroner law and of basic medicine, have proven skills in conducting a wide range of complex investigations and a high standard of court procedure.  You will also need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations

You may have experience of working as an Assistant Coroner including carrying out investigations, case management, and conducting inquests or have similar comparable experience in the legal environment.  

You 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.  You will be under the age of 70, have experience of working as an Assistant, Area or Senior Coroner or comparable legal experience 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 about the post or arrange a visit to the Coroner’s court and offices, please contact Jane Parker, lead manager for Coroners Service – telephone 01473 264111 or email [email protected] for Suffolk or for Norfolk, Theresa King 01603 223510 [email protected]

Application will be made by CV and supporting statement, via the Suffolk County Council jobs direct website.


Closing date: 25th November 2019

Interview date: 20th January 2020

Notification: -

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