Hon. Susan C. Gaer See Rating Details
Commissioner
Superior Court
Snohomish County
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Attorney Average Rating:   2.7 - 18 rating(s)
Non-Attorney Average Rating:   4.0 - 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)
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What others have said about Hon. Susan C. Gaer


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Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA796
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Commissioner Gaer has no business being on the bench. Every time I have appeared before her, she is incredibly rude to just about everyone in the courtroom. On the most recent visit, she asked questions that demonstrated that she had not read the briefing well, or if she had, she misunderstands the law even on well-settled points with express statutes that address the area. Although she ultimately ruled in my client's favor, her lack of comprehension and complete inability to manage her own courtroom with decency and respect to litigants and attorneys does a disservice to the legal system. Get this woman out of here. I can't imagine she was a good lawyer when she was practicing, and she is one of the worst judicial officers I've ever had the displeasure of appearing before. What is going on in Snohomish County? F-.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA789
Rating:1.1
Comments:
I refuse to call her "Honorable" She does not deserve to be on the bench she is Biased, Sexist,poor excuse for a judge

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA788
Rating:1.0
Comments:
One of the most biased, rude, and unprofessional commissioners I've ever run across. And I've been practicing law for more than 30 years, in the superior courts of at least 12 different counties. She also treats pro se litigants like garbage, enough so that I was tempted to intervene and represent a man free of charge. Thank God you can file a motion for revision.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA767
Rating:10.0
Comments:
Prove your case to Gaer, she'll rule in your favor when you do. I did that today, I've been on both sides of her rulings- not liking them and liking them. I've always said justice prevails eventually. Is this Judge nice and on the bench to be your friend? NO. Is she smart and willing to help you out while you're in front of her pro se? YES. Does she listen to pro se as much as those represented by a lawyer? HELL YES-I've not had the 2 lawyers I had earlier in my case in front of her, but I have seen her defend civil liberties for people with no lawyers when the lawyers attempt to slay them. File all of your papers, supply evidence, documents speak louder than words. She will rule fairly. I saw her today, she ruled fairly. I'll see her again and I expect the same- a fair ruling.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA766
Rating:1.0
Comments:
A terrible commissioner. Thinks she knows it all, but doesn't even come close. I learned later she was a former public defender, which isn't surprising since she has no grasp of civil litigation, the civil rules or the law.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA765
Rating:1.0
Comments:
She is rude, biased and punitive. Doesn't read or follow the court rules. Expect to appeal her decision to a superior court judge.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA764
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I wrote the comment below as well, just wanted to update. Gaer stopped overseeing our case BUT yesterday she was placed in a position to. She made a ruling that was not the right ruling,she made a ruling yesterday that was right in the sense that she explained. I will be appealing one thing she ruled on but I honestly think had she not seen our case yesterday I would have been screwed based upon that person with 80+ arrest in 7 states I discussed below. She is a good judge, she read all of our paperwork. I was wrong to make the comments I made before (the comment below) and though I must now appeal one thing she ordered yesterday that I cannot financially do I truly hope she does preside again over our case. She is by far worthy of her title as a Judge. Thank you your Honor.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA750
Rating:Not Rated
Comments:
Judge Gaer made a HUGE mistake today, hopefully she'll read through all of the documentation I've served for court on July 1st before she ends up harming out sons. Such a shame. She ordered a GAL, when one of us has already been harassed and intimidated and CLEARED BY CPS, while the other is wanted, a criminal and 80 plus arrest, plus non compliance in regard to our court order. All of this justified by her because i cried and yelled last time we had court (i'm deaf in 1 year). She said she doesn't trust either of us. The man she is helping has lied to police, has abused our son (been heard by the police, she has that report), has abandoned our sons their entire lives and she had the audactity to rule as she did. Hopefully, she'll take the TIME to read the EVIDENCE and declaration submitted this time, rather then glancing through it as she did in 09/2012. She has NO reason not to believe me, she has EVERY REASON INCLUDING PSYCHOLOGIST, UNIFORMED AND UNDERCOVER POLICE CALLING THIS ABUSIVE, PSYCHOPATH A LIAR. I hope she doesn't make this mistake again. I pray. Our sons lives DEPEND on it!!!!! Why would I act crazy by crying? Hmm...maybe because you're believing someone with NO evidence-if you SEE MY EVIDENCE YOU WILL SEE FOR YOURSELF. I pray to GOD you read this. PLEASE GAER-READ THROUGH IT ALL, SEE FOR YOURSELF WHO THE LIAR IS. SAVE MY SONS BEFORE YOU END UP BEING THE CAUSE OF THEIR BODILY HARM AGAIN (she has police reports about this). Such a sad day for justice today.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA739
Rating:10.0
Comments:
I was in front of Honorable Gaer, I cried and acted like a damn fool. It's unfortunate how I acted, she was helpful. She didn't strike my motion and she didn't have me arrested for yelling and crying. Next time I go before her I'll be more prepared. She's a SMART woman, she listens to pro se. She's a good woman.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA720
Rating:2.0
Comments:
I have spent a great deal of time in courtrooms and this is by far the worst commissioner I have ever had the misfortune to stand before. She is biased, doesn't follow the rules, evidence or seem to use common sense. Horrible.

Litigant

Comment #: WA673
Rating:10.0
Comments:
This judge is not hard on pro se litigants -- she's hard on morons! I saw her for the second time today, and when I acted like a moron, she let me know, by pointing out that I was objecting to something when she was ruling in my favor. I love this judge! I love her because she doesn't tolerate B.S., and while she may ask questions to pro se litigants that aren't represented, she has done nothing unfair to us in our court case. She makes sound judgements, even when lawyers are arguing with her -- which I saw today. This woman is not nice, but she's better than that: she is smart! I hope that we get this judge whenever we go to court for family disputes from now on. Thanks, your honor! Ignore these haters! Thanks for keeping my boys safe!

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA646
Rating:1.3
Comments:
She is one of the worst judges that I have ever encountered in any county west of the Cascades. If I practiced in eastern Washington, I'm sure that she'd be the worst on both sides of the Cascades.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA631
Rating:1.3
Comments:
After much reflection I am writing this brief review. I recently witnessed a pro se litigant manhandled by this commissioner. Had this party been represented, the result would have been different. Her handling of this matter violated the Code of Judicial Conduct, and shows that she also lacks any internal code of ethics. I've heard that the field of law attracts misfits, and her conduct supports that observation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA613
Rating:1.6
Comments:
She was one of us. That was a long time ago and a different life. She totally lacks judicial demeanor, behaves as though she has never been in a courtroom, doesn't understand the law or procedure, does't seem to be able to grasp the significance of evidence, makes her rulings by whim. In short, the least qualified person I have ever had the misfortune to encounter. Then I walked down the hall to her blonde twin sister's courtroom. Tonight I'll debate who is worse.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA531
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I'm a criminal defense attorney that recently worked a civil matter. Listening to the matters before mine I realized that few, if any, of her decisions were based upon the law. Her personal bias appears to interfere with a fair hearing. I won my matter, but she ran all over the pro se litigant.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA517
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I'm so mad at what she has done to me in my child custody hearing. She didn't appear to read the materials, she was rude, and she constantly interrupted. Sure I got off point!!!!!! I'm not a lawyer. But, I had truth on my side. I think her calling in life is to perform gay weddings.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: WA511
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I observe King County Family Courts regularly. I've sat in her court as a court observer. OMG - Could not believe the bias spewed, lack of due process, and ignorance of rules of evidence. This Commissioner should be returned to being an attorney, as she is does not help give this court dignity.

Civil Litigation - Govt.

Comment #: WA498
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Not a real impressive performance in Court. Either she didn't have adequate preparation time, or she just does not have the intellectual ability to understand anything more than the simplest of motions. In the future, I'll just hand my motion for revision to the opposing counsel at the hearing.

Litigant

Comment #: WA491
Rating:1.0
Comments:
My first time in court. I thought I was abused by my child's father until I went before Judge Gaer. She put me in the wringer and spit me out. I still don't know where I landed, but gallons of tears later I am resolute. Fire this Judge!

Other

Comment #: WA477
Rating:1.0
Comments:
Comm. Gaer went beyond the scope of the requested relief to attack me personally. Totally uncalled for, and not related to the case. Now, there is an official record of my being chastised by her in court. You bet my ex uses this uncalled for personal attack against me, time and time again. I hear attorney's talking about her in the hallway. She is not too well like by the local attorneys. I second that. She is the worst judge/commissioner that I have ever seen.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA435
Rating:1.0
Comments:
I too was a pro se client and she went back on a previously passed ex parte motion. I am now very distraught and so are my children due to this ruling as they are now in an unsafe environment and out of my care every week.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: WA296
Rating:1.5
Comments:
If you're a pro se litigant, run for the hills. As a former public defender you'd think she'd have a soft spot for the disadvantaged. Nope. Pray she is never appointed to be a judge.