Hon. Karen Gievers See Rating Details

Circuit Court
Leon County
2nd Circuit
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.8 - 7 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   1.0 - 3 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. Karen Gievers


Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5699
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
Very closed minded, no compassion, will not compromise. Uses her position of power inappropriately, blames others.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: FL5680
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
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.


Comment #: FL5670
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
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
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
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
Frightening. Appears to be severely mentally ill.


Comment #: FL3224
"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.