Hon. Debra Givens

Judge Givens's Average Overall Review:

1 Stars

Based on 2 reviews

  (716) 845-2600

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Judicial offices

  • Acting Judge, Family Court, Erie County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, 2009 to Present
  • Acting Judge, County Court, Erie County, Appointed by Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, 2007 to 2008
  • Judge, Buffalo City Court, Elected, 2003 to 2013
  • Judge, Buffalo City COurt, Appointed by Mayor Anthony Masiello, 2002 to 2002


  • J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 1987
  • B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1981

Bar admission

  • NYS, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, 1988

Professional experience

  • Family Court, Support Magistrate



6896. other

She sets excessive bail, doesn't follow federal or state laws concerning arrest warrants' either. No phone call, stuck in jail over 72 hours. This "thing" has no right being a "judge." She obviously doesn't like white people.


7607. party to case (pro se)

My first time as a mother and a person to be involved within the judicial system. It was over whelming and degrading as soon as I walked into the court room as an observer. I will not respect and call Debra Givens a judge, or your honor. Debra humiliates all who steps in front of her. Debra is texting on her phone, drinking coffee, throwing papers in front of attorneys. I understand she evaluates many different situations, however, it is obvious she feels she is above everyone, no compassion for the ones who made a mistake and feel remorse or the attorneys in front of her. Her attitude became loud and clear and I was just observing from the back row. Seriously Debra, you have a cold heart! Following the law does not give you the right to treat people disrespectfully in the court room. I work within the City of Buffalo, truly disappointed on your conduct. I will be pursing this on a higher level.

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