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Assistant Coroner - Durham County Council (Durham and Darlington Coroner Area

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£454 per day.

Job description

Durham County Council is seeking to appoint up to 2 new Assistant Coroners to serve the coronial area of Durham and Darlington and to support the Senior Coroner.

The role will primarily be based in the dedicated Coroner's Office at the Civic Centre in Crook, County Durham. Office hours are 8am until 4pm on weekdays. You may also be required to sit at court elsewhere in County Durham.

The Council is looking to appoint an Assistant Coroner with significant and recent experience of coroner law and procedures including experience of hearing Article 2 compliant and jury inquests. In relation to the second post, prior experience as an Assistant Coroner is not essential.

You 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

The successful candidate(s), will be required to demonstrate knowledge and experience of coronial law and of basic medicine, have proven skills of conducting investigations and an understanding of court procedure. You should be willing to prepare and hear the whole range of inquests from simple cases to those fully engaging Article 2 both with and without a jury. You will also need to demonstrate the excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to deal with sensitive situations.

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, 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 chose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior their 70th birthday.

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.

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.

Applicants should complete an online application evidencing as appropriate the essential and desirable requirements for the post. In addition, you are required to declare if you are the subject of any complaint or disciplinary proceedings by any professional body to which you belong and which have been upheld, with particulars.

Please review the candidate pack prior to submitting an application using the link below. If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Mr Jeremy Chipperfield on 03000 265556.

Suitably qualified applicants are invited to apply online at:

Application Form Guidance Notes (March 2015).doc

Candidate Information Pack DCC.docx