HM Assistant Coroner for Inner North Coroner (x up to 3)05/06/2022 23:59

St Pancras and Poplar, and soon to be at Bow

HM Assistant Coroner for Inner North Coroner

Salary – fee paid, £479 per day, in line with the JNC Coroners Circular 66

Closing date: 5th June 23:59 hours

Camden is seeking to appoint up to three new Assistant Coroners to support the Senior Coroner for Inner North London across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high-quality coroner service to the people of Inner North London. The appointments will be permanent and will include on call out of hours working.

The Assistant Coroners will be based in the Inner North London dedicated courts and offices.  These are at St Pancras and Poplar, and soon to be at Bow.  Office opening hours are 8am to 4pm, but court may run to 4.30pm and sometimes later.

Without the physical space to hold jury inquests at St Pancras and Poplar during the pandemic, a large backlog has accrued in Inner North London.  In the first three years after appointment, the successful candidates will be expected to concentrate upon hearing jury inquests at Bow.  These are likely to be two, three and four weeks long.  The successful candidates must have sufficient familiarity with jury inquests to be able to undertake the planning and hearing of these complex cases competently and confidently.

About the post

Camden is looking for exceptional candidates with excellent proven organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of exercising sound judgement and communicating effectively. 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. 

The successful candidates 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 are likely to involve a regular commitment, which is to be agreed between the Assistant Coroners and Senior Coroner.  You will be expected to be available to assist on an out of hours rota system.  

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 expect an Assistant Coroner to offer a minimum of 20 sitting days each financial year.  However, it is recognised that there is a variance of workload in each area.

Who can apply

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 which means they will have 5 years of experience whilst holding that qualification. They will be under the age of 70 and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (Section 23 and Schedule 3).

Statutory terms of the appointment

Once a Coroner is appointed, they are then a Judicial Office holder until they reach the age of 70 years or the compulsory retirement age at that time in force, unless they choose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior to their 70th birthday. 

How to apply

The candidate pack is available here:

If you wish to have an informal discussion, please contact Ms Amal Kunwar, Coronial Services and Business Development Manager, on: [email protected]

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV and supporting statement to

[email protected]

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

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