Fellows now to become Coroners

Government confirms Chartered Legal Executives can become Coroners

08 July 2013

Hot off the heels of approving Chartered Legal Executives’ eligibility to apply for the Judicial Appointments Commission posts previously reserved for Law Society and Bar Council members, the Ministry of Justice has now confirmed they can become Coroners as well.

Following discussion between CILEx and the MoJ on implementing the reforms of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, the MoJ said: “We will also bring forward changes to the Judicial Appointments Order 2008 so that Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) will be eligible for coronial appointments under the 2009 Act.”

Fellows of CILEx, known as ‘Chartered Legal Executives’, have been eligible for judicial appointments since 2008, extending to District Judge posts since 2010.

CILEx President Nick Hanning greeted the announcement, saying: “This is another welcome step forward in recognising the professional standing of Chartered Legal Executives, and lends further weight to our cause of ensuring CILEx Lawyers are able to pursue any legal career they put their minds to. Appointments such as these should be based on merit, and this is a logical step towards ensuring these posts are held by the best possible candidates.”