Eighteenth Judicial District - District Court Judge
Honorable Eric B. White
Retention Year: 2022
Recommendation: Meets Performance Standard
The Eighteenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance finds, by a vote of 7-0 (with three Commissioners not participating), that Judge Eric B. White MEETS PERFORMANCE STANDARDS. The Colorado statutory judicial performance standards are integrity, legal knowledge, communication skills, judicial temperament, administrative performance, and service to the legal profession and the public.
Judge White presides over a mixed docket in Arapahoe County, including mostly criminal and some domestic relations cases. Judge White’s strengths include application and knowledge of the law, communication, diligence, demeanor, and fairness. While Judge White received a lower score for case management, he is generally described as solid judicial officer who is respectful and fair. The feedback on Judge White’s performance is highly favorable. The 2022 Judicial Performance Survey for Judge White received seventy-one (71) responses; Judge White achieved an overall performance rating of 3.5 of a possible 4.0, compared to all District Court Judges at a rating 3.4. Based on these findings, the Commission unanimously agrees that Judge White meets judicial performance standards.
The Commission met with Chief Judge Michelle A. Amico to discuss her interactions with Judge White, as well as the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Probation Department for feedback on Judge White’s performance. The Commission personally interviewed Judge White and reviewed his written self-evaluation. Members also observed Judge White in court and reviewed 2022 Judicial Performance Survey responses from attorneys and non-attorneys. Among the survey questions was, "Based on your responses to the previous questions related to the performance evaluation criteria, do you think Judge White meets judicial performance standards?" Of the attorneys responding to the survey, 83% answered yes, meets performance standards. Of the non-attorneys responding to the survey, 93% answered yes, meets performance standards.
Judge White was raised in Colorado and graduated from Rangeview High School and the University of Colorado before graduating law school from the University of Puget Sound in 1992. He returned to Colorado soon after and practiced law for twenty years before being appointed as a Magistrate in the Eighteenth Judicial District in 2015. As a Magistrate, he presided over domestic relations, felony intake, traffic, juvenile, and problem solving dockets. He serves as Co-Chair of the Arapahoe County Bar Association’s Youth Education Committee.