About Justice Sarah Stewart
Experienced Jurist. Highest Integrity. Lifelong Conservative.
Justice Sarah Stewart is an Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, elected as a Republican in November 2018 for a six-year term. Before her appointment, she served for thirteen years as a Circuit Judge in Mobile and was the first female jury trial judge in the area. Justice Stewart has also been active in various legal and community organizations, and she holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School and a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Arkansas.
Who She Is:
Justice requires the trust of the people
For eighteen years, Justice Sarah Stewart has been a conservative servant leader for Alabama. Justice Stewart has strictly construed the law, never legislated from the bench, and acted with the highest integrity. “I believe that justice means people must be treated equally in the courts of law, within a moral framework, and wrong-doers must be punished appropriately.” Justice Stewart knows that the judicial branch’s only source of strength is the trust of the people. She believes that when people do not trust the court system, justice cannot happen in Alabama.
Justice Stewart has served as an Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court since she was elected in November 2018. Prior to her election, Justice Stewart served for thirteen years as a Circuit Judge in Mobile, disposing of over 1800 civil and criminal cases a year.
When Justice Stewart was appointed in 2006 by Governor Riley, she was the first female jury trial judge in Mobile. She ran unopposed as a Republican three times in 2006, 2010 and 2016. As a Circuit Judge, Justice Stewart was active in the leadership of the Circuit Judges Association and served as the first female President. Justice Stewart received the Trailblazer Award in 2022 recognizing her leadership and achievements by the Mobile Bar Association.
Prior to her appointment to the Circuit Bench in 2006, Justice Stewart was in private practice for fourteen years. As a lawyer, Justice Stewart was the first female president of the Mobile Young Lawyers and was active in the Mobile Bar Association.
Justice Stewart earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School in 1992, where she received the prestigious American Jurisprudence Award for the highest grade in two classes and graduated in the top ten percent of her class.
Justice Stewart earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Communication at the University of Arkansas in 1985 and 1986. While in college, she was President of the Student Government Association, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Order of Omega.
Justice Stewart has been married to Craig Stewart, originally of Selma, since 1989. They have two adult children, four dogs, and three cats. Justice Stewart has been active in the Mobile community as a member of Leadership Mobile, Junior League of Mobile, 15 Place Homeless Service Center Board, Girl Scouts of the Magic Empire Board, and Ashland Place Methodist Church.