Hon. Karen Gievers See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Leon County
2nd Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   1.7 - 17 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 4 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. Karen Gievers


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5809
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Gievers is a nitwit. She's all over the place, mostly to hide the fact that she's completely incapable. Her unprofessionalism is on a different level. You'll be lucky to get an ounce of decorum.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5806
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Gievers is a hack, idiotic and unreasonable behavior. Turns basic concepts into complex scandals. She is a waste of time, settle or get another Judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5788
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Calling Judge Karen Gievers incompetent or even senile is an understatement for how preposterous her hearings are. Unprofessional absurd behavior that doesn't even resemble legal practice. Constant references to her past and other cases that have pissed her off. Completely emotional, senseless and whimsical. First to make her think, loses.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5748
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A hearing before Karen Gievers is like watching a cymbal-smashing monkey that screams and laughs. It's mentally painful to watch her create her signature "equal losers". She looks for a way to punish all attorneys and litigants. She is the moral epicenter of the universe with editorial rights to your case, she'll tell you. Unless you have a close relationship or praise her ego, you'll lose. Remitittur, denied statutory fees, whimsical, unjustifiable behavior, "what if" games to entertain herself. No reason to practice in front of her. Gievers is a disgrace to the robe.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5738
Rating:1.2
Comments:
Incompetent and mentally unfit. One of my favorite quotes I heard from her "This is not a democracy. I don't have to recognize orders from another state!"

Forget the US Constitution, federal law and Florida law when you step in this courtroom. To survive this embacile you have to get to the DCA.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5735
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Gievers is waging her own battle against the laws of Florida, openly bragging about her "scheduled retirement" and her personal grudge with the district court. She turns basic administrative matters into monumental controversies. Never before have I heard a judge openly make up evidence and testimony to justify her activism. Unconscionable.

Court Staff

Comment #: FL5730
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Gievers abuses her power and should not be handling jury cases. She just chooses the side she likes and then manipulates the evidence, and invents procedure to suit her chosen outcome. Her cases should be given to someone else. I am tired of her emotional ranting. How is this woman still a judge?

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5728
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Welcome to the Gievers School of Law, where law is irrelevant. She experiments with people's lives and gets really messy once she's made a mistake. She just starts rambling, staking up the complications, won't let the attorneys make their argument and making up hypotheicals like your case is her test case. She clearly misses litigating and has old grudges. Not objective and possibly mentally unfit. Seriously, Gievers needs a straitjacket not a robe.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5727
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Unqualified,Impulsive and Rude. Did not appear to have any idea what she was doing. She acted insecure, biased, and made incoherent statements that were absolutely inappropriate. She injected herself into the evidence, simply unreal! She made angry snarling gestures at counsel but to avoid getting on the record as stopping argument. Yuck!

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: FL5711
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Not qualified to practice law, let alone serve on the bench. Gievers is off the charts incompetent, disrespectful, incapable with basic matters and completely ignores the law. She is just wasting everyone's time and trying to settle old scores. She is insecure and gets nasty when a mistake is identified. Completely unprofessional.

Dear Florida, please reassign my case to teen court mock trials. Appearing before this lunatic is insulting.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5710
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Idiot.

That's it. No Rhyme or reason, not worthy of constructive criticism. Awful, destructive, imbecile. Hates other Judges. Judge Gievers ignores the law with. There is no point to having a civil hearing before this woman. I seriously have no faith in our system in front of her. She abuses her power, and has a napolean complex. Just a self-righteous idiot.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5699
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Judge Gievers began the hearing slow as if depressed or disengaged then suddenly screamed and hijacked the argument. After ranting for 20 minutes, she accused opposing counsel of talking to himself?! Hearing over?!#*&?! Verdict: everyone loses! Bring a court reporter and a clown nose. This is a circus.

Appalling and undignified. I will never appear before her again.

Court Staff

Comment #: FL5693
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Very closed minded, no compassion, will not compromise. Uses her position of power inappropriately, blames others.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5680
Rating:1.3
Comments:
Shameful. Refused to give jury requested instructions on law. Jury scoffed at her. Embarrassing to watch. Manipulates the record to cover her tracks. Lies about case background. Rogue and incompetent.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5679
Rating:1.1
Comments:
Doesn't know the law, struggles with complex matters beyond a limited understanding. Struggles to reconcile complex case history with her reality. Uses the bench to prove personal points and make others in the courtroom feel small. Would not be surprised as to the number of cases she's had taken away or overturned on appeal.

Litigant

Comment #: FL5670
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Judge Gievers is a vindictive psychopath who cites Zsa Zsa Gabor on the record. She makes threatening gestures and bigoted remarks without apology. She litigates from the bench creating deliberately false case history to justify coaching her favored party through theoretical arguments she raises, thus making matters worse for everyone. When she realizes she’s made a mistake she attacks the attorney who brought it to her attention. She enters ex post facto rules of evidence even accusing attorneys of violating her orders (entered after the fact) as she tries to distort the record before appeals. She wasted 6 days on a mock trial forcing people to litigate on a claim both parties admitted on the record was fraudulent. A warning: If you object to her outrageous or prejudicial behavior, she’ll throw you in jail for contempt. This woman is belligerent to Florida law, defiant of the rules of procedure and a threat to our judiciary system.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: FL5133
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Judge Gievers is an amazingly talented woman, lawyer, and jurist...She is intellectually and temperamentally suited to be a circuit judge...

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5006
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Horridly biased, partial, contemptuous and contemptible. Along the lines of electing Idi Amin to a judgeship and expecting that to go well.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4807
Rating:2.0
Comments:
Verbally abusive to attorneys and litigants, and a perfect example of an extreme narcissist. She has no respect for the law and appears to make decisions based upon some personal agenda of her own, as her rulings are simply not rational. Many attorneys who appear before Judge Gievers openly state that they believe her to be mentally unstable. It is astonishing that she is still permitted to sit on the bench.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL4523
Rating:2.8
Comments:
Frightening. Appears to be severely mentally ill.

Other

Comment #: FL3224
Rating:1.0
Comments:
"Narcissistic with Borderline Personality Disorder" features define the personality of this judge, in my opinion. Judge Gievers high-handedly repays society for not being appointed to Florida's highest court, the Florida Supreme Court, by emasculating "straight" and "successful" men, and demonstrating a unfathomable bias in favor of women. Former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris referred to Judge Gievers as a "liberal lobbyist" and implied that she was a lesbian, according to published articles. It is also reported that she strongly supported organizations like NOW and GWEN (Get Women Elected Now). From what I have personally observed, her disdain for "regular men" cannot help but cause one to ponder whether she is indeed a "feminazi," but her sexual identity, real or perceived, is not an appropriate issue. Fundamental fairness and equal treatment under the law are both very appropriate and sorely lacking in Judge Gievers's court. Judge Gievers has diminished the public's respect for and trust in our judiciary in Tallahassee and Florida. Her opinion of herself is exceedingly inflated, especially considering the pronounced distaste for her among the members of our bench and bar. But fear of her wrath usually keeps such expressions, publicly, limited to a mild roar around the water cooler.