for Associate Justice, Place 3
|Place of Residence:
||Bay Minette, AL
||Husband- George M. Stuart, Jr.; Children-Tucker, 22, Shepard, 19, and Kelly, 14
County High School, Atmore, AL; Auburn University, Auburn, AL-Bachelor
of Arts in Sociology and Education; University of Alabama School of
||Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court
|Bar Admission(s) &
|Alabama Bar (1980); Federal District Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama (1980)
|Legal & Judicial
Justice, Alabama Supreme Court; Circuit Judge, Baldwin County;
Presiding District Judge, Baldwin County; Juvenile Court Judge, Baldwin
County; Assistant District Attorney, Baldwin County; Special Assistant
Attorney General, State of Alabama Department of Corrections; Assistant
Attorney General, State of Alabama; Jones & Ellis, Attorneys
at Law, Tuscaloosa, AL, law clerk during law school
Alabama Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; President, Blue
Ridge Institute for Family and Juvenile Court Judges; Founding Member
and Founding Vice President, Children First Foundation; Trainer,
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
|Honors & Awards:
||Mobile Press Register- Forty for the Future (Leadership)
|Campaign Contact Information
||PO Box 1374
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How have your
training, professional experience, and interests prepared you to serve
on the Alabama Supreme Court?
handled criminal cases from traffic cases to D. U. I.’s to misdemeanors
and major felony cases and capital cases. I have handled civil
cases from small claims cases to complex civil litigation. I have
also served as Baldwin County’s Juvenile Court Judge and handled
domestic relations cases for almost 12 years. I have extensive
experience as a prosecutor and almost 18 years of experience as a
judge. The variety of my experience gives me knowledge of the
substantive law and well as the practical effects of our decisions in
the courts and upon our citizens.
What do you consider to be the three most important
attributes of a judge?
The most important attributes are impartiality, a calm judicial temperament, and knowledge of the law.
What is your judicial philosophy?
a conservative judicial philosophy. I do not have an
agenda. I believe a judge’s responsibility is to interpret
the law as written by the Legislature, not to be an activist or create
How do you define “judicial independence,” and how
important is it to our judicial system?
independence means a judge is not beholden to any person or group and
will simply apply the law as written by the legislature to the facts of
each case. I have developed a reputation for such independence
during my nearly eighteen years on the bench and will continue to
maintain the same.
What is the greatest area of need in the Alabama justice system, and
how should the Supreme Court respond, if at all?
believe that justice delayed is justice denied. For that reason I have
always been very timely in my decision making and current in handling
cases on my docket. The Court must continue to place emphasis, of
course, on getting decisions correct but also on making timely
What part, if any, should public opinion play in the decision of a
It is acceptable for a judge to be aware of pubic opinion but regardless of public opinion, a judge must always follow the law.
In a case before the court, how should a judge handle a conflict
between his/her personal beliefs and the law?
must always follow the law regardless of his/her personal
beliefs. In the event a judge cannot follow the law due to
his/her personal beliefs he/she should resign his/her office.
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