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Alabama Supreme Court
Voter Guide 2006

Nonpartisan information about the Alabama Supreme Court and the
2006 general election candidates running for seats on that court

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Lyn Stuart
for Associate Justice, Place 3

Biographical Information
Place of Residence: Bay Minette, AL
Family: Husband- George M. Stuart, Jr.; Children-Tucker, 22, Shepard, 19, and Kelly, 14
Education: Escambia County High School, Atmore, AL; Auburn University, Auburn, AL-Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Education; University of Alabama School of Law-Juris Doctorate
Occupation: Associate Justice, Alabama Supreme Court
Employer: State of Alabama
Bar Admission(s) &
Date(s) of Admission:
Alabama Bar (1980); Federal District Courts, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts  of Alabama (1980)
Legal & Judicial
Associate 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
Other Experience: President, 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)
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Campaign Contact Information
Address 1: PO Box 1374
Address 2:
City: Bay Minette
State: Alabama
Zip Code: 36507
Voice Phone Number: 205-801-9262
Fax Phone Number: 205-801-9052
Website: www.lynstuart.com
Email Address:
(or Contact Webform Address)
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Questions & Answers:
1.  How have your training, professional experience, and interests prepared you to serve on the Alabama Supreme Court?

I have 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.

2.  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.

3.  What is your judicial philosophy?

I have 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 law.

4.  How do you define “judicial independence,” and how important is it to our judicial system?

Judicial 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.

5.  What is the greatest area of need in the Alabama justice system, and how should the Supreme Court respond, if at all?

I 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 decisions.

6.  What part, if any, should public opinion play in the decision of a judge?

It is acceptable for a judge to be aware of pubic opinion but regardless of public opinion, a judge must always follow the law.

7.  In a case before the court, how should a judge handle a conflict between his/her personal beliefs and the law?

A judge 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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