Area Coroner for Avon

Bristol City Council is seeking to appoint the first Area Coroner for the Avon jurisdiction.

The Area Coroner will work closely with the Senior Coroner to provide judicial leadership to the coroner team as well as conducting your own coroner investigations and inquests. You will be the nominated deputy for the Senior Coroner. There will be no set days, but will work on an ad hoc basis dependent on the requirement of the court.

Job Type
Other, Legal
Working Hours
Part Time
Employment Type
Flax Bourton Coroner's Court
Pay Grade
Area Coroner
102,000 (Pro Rata)
DBS enhanced
Closing Date
Ref No

Bristol City Council is 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 senior coroner and local authority manager to ensure value for money, performance and financial efficiencies. Collaborative working with the senior coroner, Bristol City Council, Avon and Somerset 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.

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 on a 5 year basis. 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).

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.

If you feel that your skills and experience match those of the role then please submit your CV along with a Cover Letter which should be no longer than two A4 pages. Please submit your CV and Cover Letter as one document.

Important: Please read the further information attached which will provide further details on the role and the recruitment process being undertaken.

Interviews will take place on 29th April 2019.


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