Wetumka, Oklahoma’s loss is Ventura County’s gain. Selected as Ventura County’s Judge of the Year by the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association, Judge White was publicly praised by her colleagues, Judges Vince O’Neill and Kevin McGee, and former District Attorney Mike Bradbury, at VCTLA’s March meeting.Judge Colleen Toy White, daughter of Wetumka’s police chief and a basketball and tennis star, put herself through law school at night, and worked her way up to Chief Assistant District Attorney before she became a Superior Court judge in 1994. Since then, Judge White’s assignments have included family law court, including serving as the supervising judge, and dependency court, where she handled child abuse and neglect cases. Judge White was the Ventura Superior Court presiding judge in 2007 and 2008, and the assistant presiding judge in 2005-2006.
Judge White established the dependency drug court for mothers of newborns prenatally exposed to alcohol or drugs. She played an instrumental role in establishing the Ventura County Pro Per Clinic for family law litigants. Judge White “never met a litigant she did not care about,” her admirers say.
Currently assigned to the criminal trials division, Judge White also presides over nontraditional courts including the veterans, domestic violence, elder abuse court, mental health court and community intervention court.
Always active in the community, Judge White is a former member of the board of the Ventura College Foundation, a past president of the board of directors of Interface Children Family Services of Ventura County, and past president and member of the board of Child Abuse and Neglect (C.A.A.N.) an organization dedicated to the protection of children. In 1984, President Reagan appointed her to the Presidential Advisory Commission on the
Peace Corps. He also offered Judge White a high-level Justice Department position.
Many awards have been given to Judge White for her service; they include the VCBA Ben E. Nordman Award for outstanding public service, the JC Penney Golden Rule Award and the Knights of Columbus Community Service Award. Judge White is a frequent and recognized judicial college instructor. She has a reputation for judicial courage, and for treating each attorney and litigant with respect, and a desire to “get to the core cause of the problem before her.”