Ms Justice Carmel Stewart

About Ms Justice Carmel Stewart

Ms. Justice Carmel Stewart attended University College Galway where she was conferred with both BA and LLB Degrees. Thereafter she studied at the Kings Inns where she was conferred with a Degree of Barrister-at-Law. Carmel was admitted to the Bar of Ireland in 1987.  She practiced extensively in the areas of child law and adoption, family law, mental health, wards of court and vulnerable adults. She appeared in many high-profile and reported cases such as the Baby Anne case at the High and Supreme Courts and the A, B, C case at the European Court of Human Rights. She was admitted to the Inner Bar in 2008. Apart from her legal practice, she has served in a number of organisations and bodies. She is a former vice chairperson of the Employment Appeals Tribunal, is a former director and board member of Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) and has always taken a keen interest in issues surrounding access to justice and law reform.

She served as board member and Chair of the National College of Art & Design. She also served on the Mountjoy Visiting Committee, monitoring and reporting on prison conditions. She is a member and former chairperson of the Family Lawyers’ Association. Ms. Justice Stewart was appointed to the Circuit Court Bench in April 2012, and was appointed to the High Court Bench in October, 2014.