Hon. Donna D. Geck See Rating Details
Superior Court
Santa Barbara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.3 - 3 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 6 rating(s)
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General Rating Criteria

* Temperament (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Scholarship (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Industriousness (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
* Ability to Handle Complex Litigation (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
* Punctuality (1=Chronically Late,10=Always on Time)
* General Ability to Handle Pre-Trial Matters (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
* General Ability as a Trial Judge (1=Not all Able, 10=Extremely Able)
Flexibility In Scheduling (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)

Criminal Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Plea Discussions (1=Not at all Involved, 10=Very Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Pretrial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Trial Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases Sentencing Stage (1=Pro-prosecution,10=Pro-defense)

Civil Rating Criteria (if applicable)

* Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation (1=Not at all Evenhanded,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Involvement in Settlement Discussions (1=Not at all Involved,10=Very Involved)
General Inclination (1=Pro-defendant, 10=Pro-plaintiff)

What others have said about Hon. Donna D. Geck



Comment #: CA9049
This new Judge does not seem to review the pleadings and motions of both sides. Will take the motion from one side and literally cut and paste from that motion into the order. I have never seen a Judge "Cut and Paste" completely from attorney's motion. This is a sure way of getting censored on appeal if the Judge's order is reviewed on appeal. Additionally this Judge does not know CA Rules of Court or the local rules. Attorneys at bar have actually reminded this Judge of the rules then to have this Judge ignore them. It is very hard to understand why this Judge was placed on the bench when she seems to not understand or follow the law.


Comment #: CA8720
Worst judge ever. Hates men, picks a lawyer and gives that lawyer whatever they put in proposed decisions, copies and pastes and likely does not even read them. She is bias, prejudiced, ignorant of the actual law, sexism and bugoted. She needs to be removed. I interviewed 6 attorneys in town all said it's a crap shoot going in front of this judge because her rulings are rarely well thought out and usually without proper authority.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA8718
Remove this judge she does not allow a fair trial


Comment #: CA8717
She does not follow the law and is clueless on new laws , SB 900 and rescission matters and rules for the bank every time.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA8662
She has not bothered to learn family law. Even if she did, her bias against men is totally out of control. She makes bad decisions based on her gut and ruins lives.


Comment #: CA8591
Judge Geck is biased and favors women when making decisions in family court. My husband has been the primary caregiver of his son since birth. The judge gave custody of his son to his ex wife and in her judgement the judge cited facts that were not true. I don't think she even read the declaration submitted by my husband. She needs to be removed from family court and should be subject to judicial review.


Comment #: CA8517
Judge Geck does not rule on the law or Points of Authorities. She should be taken out of her position. She has ruined many people's lives based on HER beliefs not the law. Please report her to the judicial board review. She must be removed.


Comment #: CA7325
This Judge believes she is above the law, and proves so in her Orders. With sufficient evidence and proof with Code cited to make decisions easier for her she still goes off her gut instead of the law. Her own personal opinions are more important than law and code. If you want a Judge who is above the law she's for you!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA6403
get rid of her, multiple locals are complaining about her horrific rulings