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HM Senior Coroner for Exeter & Greater Devon Coroner Area

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Legal Services & Communications
Work Location
County Hall, Exeter  EX2 4QD
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Occupational group
Legal/Trading Standards
Salary details
£95,346 per annum
Job term
Appointment type
Full Time
Full Time
Closing Date
26 November 2017
Interview date
4 and 5 January 2018
For an informal discussion please contact
Jan Shadbolt, County Solicitor, at jan.shadbolt@devon.gov.uk or Rosalie Robison, Crown Services Manager, at rosalie.robison@devon.gov.uk
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Devon County Council is seeking to appoint a new Senior Coroner to replace the current post-holder who retires in March 2018.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate with excellent proven leadership, organisational, management and efficiency skills, as well as experience of managing and embracing change. 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 desirable that you have proven experience of running or sharing running a coroner’s jurisdiction including carrying out investigations, case management, and conducting inquests. You will also be expected to work in collaboration with Devon County Council to deliver a digital solution to the administration of the Coroner’s Service.

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. You will be under the age of 70, 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).

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.

The number of reported deaths per annum is 2,975. Accordingly, we appoint our senior coroner with a salary on a full time basis.

The salary will include payment for out of hours availability. A 5.5% salary supplement is also payable should the appointee join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

You will be based in the coroner’s office (opening hours are 9am - 5pm).

Application is by CV and full supporting statement only. Please refer to the Information Pack for details.


This role requires a DBS disclosure.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

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