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Senior Coroner

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Derby & Derbyshire
Salary details
£138,028 per annum
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
37 hours per week
Closing Date
18 June 2023
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Derbyshire County Council is seeking to appoint a new Senior Coroner to replace the current post-holder who retires in June 2023.

About the Post:

The Senior Coroner stands at the head of the local coroner service and statutory coroner area and takes the lead on coroner work and will be expected to conduct inquests which are difficult or complex or will be likely to attract significant publicity.

The number of reported deaths pa is 4,000 plus. Accordingly we appoint our senior coroner with a salary on a full-time basis.

The salary will include payment for out of hours availability by agreement. 

Derbyshire County Council is looking for an exceptional candidate 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 local authority manager to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with the 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 essential 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.

Please see attached candidate Information pack for further information.

Who can apply:

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 75, have experience of working as a Senior Coroner, area coroner or assistant coroner and be subject to the appointment and eligibility conditions within the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (s.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 75 years (compulsory retirement age) unless they choose to resign or are removed by the Lord Chief Justice or Lord Chancellor prior to their 75th birthday. 

How to apply:

Suitably qualified applicants are requested to submit their CV and supporting statement. Just click on “Apply for this job”, register and upload your CV and supporting statement.

If you wish to have an informal discussion or arrange a visit, please contact Grace Randles, Service Manager, on 07812475279 or email Grace.Randles@Derbyshire.gov.uk.


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