Hon. Donna D. Geck See Rating Details
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Superior Court
Santa Barbara County
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* 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)


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* 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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Court Staff

Comment #: CA34178
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Public,

I have received information on Judge Geck that is very disturbing. A plaintiff has sent me evidence of fraud upon the court that occurred in judge Geck’s courtroom, including materially altered documents found during discovery. I have the full audio recording of these proceedings and will be publicizing it.

The defendant has blatantly defied a court order to compel discovery of these documents.

The people need a voice that speaks for them. Anonymous #OpVentura fights for the truth against corrupt public officials. The People have a right to know the truth.

Very Truly,

Ventura County’s Radiant Truth

Other

Comment #: CA33717
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Court Staff
Comment #: CA33710

^ Private admonishments, are private. They are also a private, tiny tap, on the wrist.

Private admonishments, are often considered politically motivated, in order to protect friends

Private admonishment, are confidential and the commission, or their staff, will unlikely discuss the nature of the admonishment, even to the person who lodged the complaint, or the of the nature of the discipline that has been imposed. However, we know how many judges and lawyers, love side door communications and perhaps get around among to some, in the legal community and during pillow talk..

Court Staff

Comment #: CA33710
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I am especially interested in any CJP private admonishments.

Other

Comment #: CA33708
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
I left a comment on here YEARS ago, I was THEN contacted by email from someone ELSE who also posted here and they told me YEARS ago that a supposed "FBI" investigation was "going on"....I have yet to see, hear or observe a WHIT of that IDEA!!!...these recent posts are ridiculous, can't believe they are in fact being posted or allowed!

As for my interaction(s) with the Judge, I'll hand it to her that she apparently could blame her Court being thrown by way of false evidence for her rulings against me, but the REAL problem for her is denying the constitutional right to have a HEARING TO DETERMINE the false evidence' origination in the first place,,,,all her subsequent "rulings" were really crooked against Cali law because she NEVER made a "determination" as to just what kind of "fraud" on her court had occurred; extrinsic or instrinsic, she just blocked ANY ATTEMPT to find out which way the wind blowed

AND THAT's dirty

Court Staff

Comment #: CA33707
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Dear Public,

This is how real change happens, by holding our leaders to account and exposing the truth.

We are Anonymous.

We are the voice of the voiceless.

We are the eyes of the blind.

You cannot escape justice. You cannot arrest an idea. Expect us.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA33706
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Please note my redactions below in two similar posts. CA33698->CA33704.

Court Staff

Comment #: CA33685
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
If you have information on Judge Geck, I want to hear from you. Email me. RadiantTruth@pm.me.

Very Truly,

Ventura County's Radiant Truth

Litigant

Comment #: CA31732
Rating:1.0
Comments:
If you are a man and your kids are involved and you are assigned this judge you must file a peremptory challenge asap! Judge Geck is not an honorable judge, she is a extreme liberal feminist out to destroy men and their relationship with their kids just to protect women and women attorneys who are members of the SB women's lawyer association whom Geck is a member of as well. Her name needs to be removed from the court house. She is a bias, shrill and a terrible judge. SHE WILL VIOLATE ANY AND ALL FAMILY LAWS AND CALIFORNIA RULES OF COURT AND DISREGARD ANY EVIDENCE THAT WOULD SHOW A WOMAN INCOMPETENT. I even hear she refused to take custody away from a mother who was a heroin addict in jail for driving around shooting up in front of her own kids while driving her car! GECK MUST GO AWAY!!

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA29950
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I can't say how awful this judge is in terms of her legal acumen, judgment and temperament. She is terribly biased, and you will know early on whether or not she likes you and will side with you, despite the law, or not. If you can, you should file a 170.6 as early as possible to save your client from this poor judge's irrational rulings and just odd demeanor.

Litigant

Comment #: CA25849
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
this person doesn't deserve the title honorable or judge she neither cares about nor understands the law she is charged with administering as others have noted on this page with comments like dumb bias rude unintended all of that applies. It doesn't sufficiently describe the terror she is raining on Santa Barbara citizens and their children. This person produces more victims than she does justice. I've been involved in an ongoing matter for over 6 years in family Court which in and of itself is a violation of the family code and have been sentenced to jail three times notable lie when she had no jurisdiction but forced jurisdiction into her court through unseemly means. this judge needs to be removed charged with the crimes that she's guilty of and punished accordingly.

Other

Comment #: CA22077
Rating:2.0
Comments:
her "rulings" after a demurrer win and motion to compel discovery order by Judge Brown, instead "threw" a near 200 MILLION dollar tech fraud action, throwing near 20-30 FOUNDERS, some of which committed suicide, out on the street from their retirement securities......how did she do it? She quasi criminalized the Whistleblower, blocked the co founders from joining, and REFUSED 20 attempts for a SINGLE evidentiary hearing or subpoenas for depositions to be complied with, NOT ONE EVIDENTIARY HEARING OR DEMAND on the BILLIONAIRE LOCAL TO PRODUCE SECURITIES DOCUMENTS AS THE FIDUCIARIES THEY WERE, to preclude TRYING FACT, rumours are about of the FBI.....we'll see

Court Staff

Comment #: CA20135
Rating:1.0
Comments:
TERRIBLE JUDGE!!! I wouldn't even call her a judge. She is a man-hating bias and ignorant vindictive witch that has no regard for the law! AT ALL! If you are assigned this judge never go before her without an attorney and dear god if you have a kid involved she is the worst! totally bias and always sides with the woman no matter what and she will never follow the law. SHE NEEDS TO BE REMOVED!!! Even the family law facilitators are complaining about her.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA14107
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Four letters sum up this judge. DUMB.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA14106
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Incredibly unintelligent and ignorant about the law. And she's incredibly rude, biased, short tempered, unprofessional and shrill. She needs to be reported to the Commissin for Judicial Performance.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: CA14105
Rating:1.0
Comments:
stunning a three year old could have seen the facts in this case but clearly she is biased or that poorly trained in basic law

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: CA12930
Rating:1.0
Comments:
As the last poster noted this Judge "will cut and past from opposing local counsel's motion VERBATIM." This is exactly what Judge Geck did in our case. Cut and Pasted VERBATIM from local counsels papers. Problem is there were significant problems with the attorneys papers. There is a reason this Judge IS NOT preparing her own orders.

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