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4 CANDIDATES NAMED FOR DISTRICT JUDGESHIP

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Four men have been nominated for a 2nd District Court opening created after six state court-commissioner jobs were converted to district judgeships.

The state Administrative Office of the Courts reports the candidates include Michael G. Allphin of Layton, a 2nd District court commissioner; Ernest W. Jones of Roy, a deputy Salt Lake County attorney prosecuting felony crimes; Thomas L. Kay of Bountiful, a partner in Snell & Wilmer in Salt Lake City; and Brian J. Namba of Centerville, a deputy Davis County attorney.After a public comment period, the nominating commission will forward finalists' names to Gov. Mike Leavitt, who will then make a selection. His appointees will face confirmation by the Utah Senate.

The opening was created after the Utah Supreme Court ruled that court commissioners were exceeding their legal authority. The 1995 Legislature approved the funding for the new judgeships.