Applications are being accepted for judge in the Davis County Justice Court, to be appointed by the County Commission by February.

The state Legislature in its most recent session changed the status of the justice court judges - commonly called justice of the peace - making the job appointive rather than elected.The current justice, John D. Stewart, was elected four years ago and his term runs out the end of this year. The new state law gives the commission until Feb. 4 to fill the job. The appointee must be approved by the state Judicial Council.

Under the new law, the appointed justice will sit for four years and then will be subject to an unopposed retention election, similar to circuit and district court judges, and reappointment by the County Commission.