Area Coroner

£79,486 per annum (0.8 FTE)
20 Nov 2020
07 Dec 2020
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Part-time Area Coroner for Coventry and Warwickshire Coronial Areas



Salary £79,486 per annum (0.8 FTE)


About the Role


Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council share a Senior Coroner (the areas are not merged) and the local authorities, are seeking to appoint an Area Coroner to support the Coroner across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high quality coroner service. The successful candidate will be appointed to both coroner areas as the area coroner and qualified to work in both coronial areas.

The Area Coroner will work closely with the Senior Coroner to provide judicial leadership to the coroner teams as well as conducting their own coroner investigations and inquests. The Area Coroner is the nominated deputy for the Senior Coroner when the senior coroner is absent. The Area Coroner will be expected on occasion to be available out of hours.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of exercising sound judgement and communicating effectively. In this role, you will work closely with the senior coroner and local authority manager to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with the senior coroner, local authority, the police and other stakeholders is essential.

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.

It is desirable that the successful candidate has proven experience of running or sharing running a coroner’s jurisdiction including carrying out investigations, case management, and conducting inquests.

You will need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations.

This is a salaried position for 0.8 FTE (averaging out at 4 days a week -exact days of work and how these are split between the two areas is to be agreed between you, the Senior Coroner and the local authorities).

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 which means they will have five years of experience whilst holding that qualification. They will be under the age of 70, have experience of working as an assistant coroner or area coroner and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.23 and Schedule 3)

The candidate pack is available here: Candidate Pack


Additional Information

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, e-mail and every effort shall be made to facilitate the same.


Suitably qualified applicants are requested to email their CV, supporting statement and a completed declaration form to


Link to Declaration Form


Closing date:  7th December 2020


Interview date: 17 December 2020

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

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 (compulsory retirement age) unless they choose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior to their 70th birthday. 

As part of being a Disability Confident employer we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application demonstrates that they meet the criteria for the post. This means the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential in the person specification.

Warwickshire County Council is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff. Would particularly welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons from the BAME community, people with a disability and people from the LGBT+ Community.


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