Hampshire Council is seeking to appoint a number of new Assistant Coroners to support the Senior and Area Coroners across the full range of coroner duties in order to deliver a high-quality coroner service to the people of Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton.
Hampshire County Council is looking for exceptional candidates with excellent proven organisational, time management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of exercising sound judgement and communicating effectively.
You will work closely with the Senior Coroner and Area Coroners to ensure value for money, high 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.
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.
These are fee paid positions, the level of commitment is to be agreed between the senior coroner and assistant coroner. You may be expected on occasion to be available to assist on an out of hours rota system.
The Chief Coroner and the Lord Chancellor would expect an assistant coroner to offer save in exceptional circumstances - a minimum of 20 sitting days each financial year and including one continuous calendar week (in line with the Chief Coroner’s Model Coroner Area , 2nd edition, July 2020).
We are interested in hearing from applicants with sitting experience, but all applications will be considered on merit.
Who can apply :
The successful candidate will be a barrister or a solicitor or Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and will 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 (s.23 and Schedule 3).
Due to the nature of the post, it is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore any conviction, whether spent or unspent, must be declared.
All applicants are required to complete a declaration form when they make their application. In it, applicants are required to declare any criminal convictions and to declare if they are (or have been) the subject of any complaint or disciplinary proceedings by any professional body to which they belong (including the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office).
Applicants are also asked to declare on that form anything about themselves including in their past that might be an embarrassment to the relevant Local Authority, the Chief Coroner or the Lord Chancellor particularly bearing in mind the basis set of guiding principles in the Guide to Judicial Conduct.
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.
Additional Information :
For the full role responsibilities and essential criteria, please refer to the .
Vetting Requirements :
This post is subject to a criminal records check
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