Ventura County judges voted this week to elect Judge Vincent J. OíNeill as the presiding judge of Ventura County Superior Court and Judge Brian J. Back as the assistant presiding judge for a two-year term that begins Jan. 1.
The presiding judge is responsible for leading the court; establishing policies; and allocating resources to promote equal access to justice, maximize the use of judicial and other resources, increase efficiency in court operations and enhance service to the public.
OíNeill has served as a judge for 18 years and has been the assistant presiding judge since January 2009, according to court officials. He is currently the supervising judge of the civil division and is the former presiding judge of the appellate division. OíNeill currently conducts pretrial settlement conferences in civil cases.
OíNeill was appointed to the Ventura Municipal Court by Gov. Pete Wilson in 1992. Three years later, he was appointed a Superior Court judge by Wilson.
OíNeill earned his bachelorís degree at Loyola Marymount University and his law degree from the UCLA School of Law.
Back was appointed to the Ventura Municipal Court by Wilson in 1997, and in 1998 was appointed as Superior Court judge.
Back is currently assigned to the criminal division.
Before his appointment to the bench, Back was an attorney with Arnold, Back, Mathews, Wojkowski & Zirbel from 1990 to 1997; Arnold & Back from 1989 to 1990; and Nordman, Cormany, Hair & Compton from 1977 to 1989. His area of specialization was civil litigation and business law.
Back earned his bachelorís degree at Claremont Menís College and his law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He also holds a masterís degree in government from the Claremont Graduate School.