CILEx Coroners

Chartered Legal Executives as Coroners


Fellows can apply for coronial offices since 2013. The Judicial Appointments Order 2008 (the 2008 Order) made under section 51(1) of the 2007 Act made provision for suitably qualified Fellows being eligible for the prescribed judicial offices.

The intention of the 2008 Order was to remove barriers to judicial appointments and to encourage greater diversity. The 2008 order made Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) eligible for a range of judicial posts such as Deputy District Judge and Judge of the First-tier Tribunal, but not coronial appointments.

The Judicial Appointments (Amendment) Order 2013 No: 3022 added coroners to that list”

What qualifications do coroners have?

Since 2013 newly appointed coroners must have the five year judicial eligibility qualification (like all judges) which requires five years of legal practice or part-time 3 judicial practice.

How do you become a coroner?

If you have the necessary qualifications (as above) you can apply to become an assistant coroner when a vacancy is advertised by a local authority. All appointments are made by local authorities and require the consent of the Chief Coroner and the Lord Chancellor.