Juab County Commissioners will hold a special commission meeting Friday to appoint two new county justice court judges.

The 6 p.m. meeting will be open to the public and will be held in commission chambers. Candidates for the two positions will be interviewed at the commission chambers from 3 to 5 p.m. the same day.Judges of the county justice courts used to be elected in a general election but the state legislature has now mandated that all justice court judges will be appointed by county commissions. The new law becomes effective Jan. 1, but counties have until Feb. 1 to make the appointments.

Joseph Bernini, chairman of the Juab County Commission, said there are 19 applicants for the east Juab position and two for the west Juab position.

The field has been narrowed to six, four from east Juab and two from west Juab.

R.C. Smith, Eureka, a Republican commission hopeful who was defeated in the primary election, asked if Ike Lunt, the new Republican commissioner-elect, had been included in the selection process and if a thorough check had been made of the backgrounds of the applicants.

"I have been involved right from the beginning," said Lunt.

"We have made a thorough enough (background) check," said Bernini.

The flavor of the commission will change in January when Lunt is sworn into office. The commission, now composed of two Democrats and one Republican, will change to two Republicans and one Democrat.

Bernini, a Democrat, was re-elected to the commission, while Jim Garrett, the other Democrat, did not seek re-election.