Judicial Profile: Department 37
Honorable Trevor S. White

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Biographical Information

University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. Mathematics
University of California, Berkeley, M.Crim
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.

Pre-bench Legal Experience:

1983-2008, Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office

Political Affiliation:
Judicial Experience

August 2008 – January 2010:  Richmond Branch Court (General Criminal)
January 2010 – January 2012:  Pittsburg Branch Court (General Criminal)
January 2012 – January 2013:  Martinez (Family Law)
January 2013 – current:  Martinez (Family Law/Probate/General Criminal)

Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities

Alameda County Employees Retirement Association:  Board Member and Board President.

Current Civic & Professional Activities
Continuing Legal Education Faculty
Important published decisions(s)
Recent publications
Courtroom Policies

Judge White generally rules from the bench.

Typical weekly schedule

Monday, Thursday and Friday are Family Law.
Tuesday and Wednesday are Probate/LPS.
Criminal, as needed.


Counsel may fax written request to appear by Court Call.  For family law matters, the form FL-679 and FL-679-INFO should be used.


Motions should be prepared following all applicable rules of court and the Code of Civil Procedure.


The Court requires compliance with the Discovery Facilitator program procedures.

Settlement Conferences

Judge White encourages settlement conferences.  Conferences are usually held in chambers.

In Limine Motions

Trial counsel should raise all foreseeable in limine issues, preferably in writing, so they can be resolved before the trial began.

Voir dire

Judge White does a general voir dire with prospective jurors.  He allows and believes that attorneys should be permitted to interact with prospective jurors.  Depending on the nature of the case, Judge White does impose time limitations.

Jury Instructions

Counsel should submit proposed jury instructions before trial.  In criminal cases, counsel may submit CalCrim checklists.  For civil cases, instructions should be full text, with citations to BAJI or other authorities, but with no information identifying the submitting party.
Judge White gives preliminary instructions at the beginning of the trial and the remaining instructions before closing arguments.

Counsel should file and serve witness lists before trial and exchange other witness information in accordance with the applicable statutes.

Judge White will impose sanctions when necessary.


Attorneys must pre-mark exhibits and have exhibit log for clerk.


Judge White expects professional courtesy to the court, opposing counsel and to all within the courtroom.

Court reporters and translators

No court reporter on staff, as of 1-2-13, for family law and probate.

Certified translators are required.  Follow Local Rules.

Computers in the courtroom

No specific rules.


Judge White welcomes use of audio-visual in his courtroom.

Cameras in the courtroom

Cameras in the courtroom are within the discretion of the court.  Judge White requires that counsel comply with notice requirements so that the propriety of cameras can be analyzed by the court beforehand.


Be proud of your profession and make your profession, and the public it serves, proud of you. Always be prepared in court.  Regard courtesy and consideration as virtues.  Carefully guard your reputation, especially when it relates to honesty and integrity.

Updated 3/26/2013

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