Hon. Donna D. Geck See Rating Details
Judge
Superior Court
Santa Barbara County
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.7 - 6 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 7 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Donna D. Geck


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11554
Rating:1.0
Comments:
As others have noted this Judge favors local counsel in every regard and will cut and past from opposing counsel's motion VERBATIM. I cannot determine if this Judge just does not know the law or does not concern herself with following it.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA11367
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Luckily have not been in front of her for anything serious like a trial, but she stands out as awful based on one CMC I had in her courtroom. She was extremely rude and laughed at me for asking her to clarify one thing. She does things very differently from other judges so asking one simple question for clarification hardly deserved a laugh.....

Litigant

Comment #: CA11250
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Similar experience as others. Cut & paste. Didn't seem to really read the docs or if so, understand them. Just one example - at the start of my divorce, ex's attorney and mine were waiting for Geck's initial ruling, ex's told mine, "We're going to lose this one." Lo and behold, Geck pulled in ex's favor - ignored out finances, facts, etc. Made rulings not in the best interests of our youngest son. I found her very biased and shallow.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA10917
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Worst judge I have ever been before. Did not make an attempt to follow the law. I had the same experience as a previous reviewer that she cuts and pastes from opposing counsel's briefs. But the worst is her inability to think critically. She would rule that the sky is green and grass is blue if local counsel writes it in their brief in a suit against an out-of-town lawyer. She is either blatantly biased or completely stupid.

Litigant

Comment #: CA9049
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA8720
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Remove this judge she does not allow a fair trial

Other

Comment #: CA8717
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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
Rating:1.1
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA8591
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA8517
Rating:1.0
Comments:
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.

Other

Comment #: CA7325
Rating:2.0
Comments:
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
Rating:4.9
Comments:
get rid of her, multiple locals are complaining about her horrific rulings