Atmore native has been busy with state court

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Lyn Stuart has had a busy six months.



Since May 6, 2016, the Atmore native has been the active Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice since Roy Moore was suspended from office.

Stuart said there are a lot of admininstrative responsibilities to the highest court office in the state, and everybody from her staff to the court has been a big help.

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“It comes with the territory,” she said recently, adding that she’s willing to what is needed to get the job done.

Stuart graduated from Escambia County High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 1977, and her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1980.

Upon graduation from law school, Stuart worked as an assistant attorney general for the State of Alabama under former Attorney General Charles Graddick. She also served as executive assistant to the commissioner and special assistant attorney general for the State Department of Corrections. Upon moving to Baldwin County, she became an assistant district attorney for Baldwin County on the staff of District Attorney David Whetstone.

In 1988, she was elected district judge, and was re-elected in 1994. Gov. Fob James appointed Stuart to the circuit bench in January 1997. She was elected, without opposition, to a six-year term in 1998.

Stuart was invited and served as a faculty advisor at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nev. She is a past president of the Alabama Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. She has served as a national speaker for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, training judges and other professionals on the handling of child abuse and neglect cases.

She served as president of the Blue Ridge Institute for Juvenile and Family Court Judges in 2002.

Stuart has served on the state supreme court since 2001.