Birmingham City Council

Coroners Investigator

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The Coroners Office 50 Newton Street B4 6NE
£27,741 to £34,728 pro rata for hours worked
05 Oct 2021
19 Oct 2021
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Part Time

**Fixed Term Contract ending September 2022**

*** For existing employees this opportunity is being offered as a secondment, subject to eligibility criteria ***

** Maternity Leave Cover **

The Birmingham and Solihull Coroner Service looks into someone’s death if they died within the Birmingham and Solihull area, and the cause of death is unknown, unnatural or the deceased was in a state of detention, eg police custody, at the time of their death.

Deaths are referred to the Coroner from the police, hospitals, GP’s and doctors and care homes where necessary. They provide the Coroner with some basic information about the death, the identity of the person who's died and their next of kin, if known.

A member of the Coroner's staff will contact the deceased's next of kin in the days following the referral to ask them for the deceased’s details, such as their full name, date of birth, address, occupation, marital status and medical history and to confirm the circumstances of the death.

In some cases, no further investigations are needed. However, if a doctor can't say what the likely cause of death was or didn't treat the deceased during their last illness, then the Coroner will decide what investigations (such as a post mortem or Coroner's Inquest) are needed and let the next of kin know.

A Coroner will hold an inquest if, after preliminary investigations they're not satisfied about the cause of death, they're concerned that the death wasn't natural or the deceased was in detention (including detention under the Mental Health Act) at the time of their death.

The inquest process is a fact-finding, rather than fault-finding, process to help the Coroner establish the cause of death and the appropriate legal conclusion.  The four questions the Coroner considers as part of their inquest are, who the deceased was and where, when and how the death occurred.

At the end of the inquest the Coroner completes a ‘Record of Inquest’. This contains details about the deceased for the purposes of registering of the death.


Extra pressures on the Coroners Service have resulted from the Covid19 pandemic and the service does currently have a backlog of cases to go to Inquest.

This role is for maternity leave cover to support the service and the successful applicant must be able to work flexibly from home and/or the office location.

In order to be considered for the role you must have proven experience of investigative work including gathering of evidence, interviewing witness and preparing reports to be presented in a public legal situation.

Working 3 days a week, days and times to be negotiated, preferably to include consecutive days per week, one of which should be a Friday.  

May be required to work across normal lunch breaks, work flexibly in line with Court times and business need.

For informal enquires please contact Cheryl Bates Operations Manager Tel: 0121 675 4116 email:  or Tracy Organ, Senior Coroner’s Investigator Tel 0121 303 2390 email:


Ref: BCC002469

We welcome applications from people with caring responsibilities and flexible working options will be considered.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be undertaken


“Right to work in the UK documentation will be fully checked for all applicants.  All non-UK applicants (excluding Ireland) may require a Certificate of Sponsorship from Birmingham City Council and must have an approved visa from the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) before any employment offer can be confirmed. Unless they are an EEA or Swiss citizen or their family members, already living in the UK by 31 December 2020, then they will need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) instead.”


An ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence using the English Language as required by Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016

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