PANAMA CITY — The 14th Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission has cut in half the list of 12 applicants to replace retiring Circuit Judge James Fensom.

The commission announced Tuesday it will interview six of those — Maria Dykes, Jarred Patterson, Robert Pell, Dustin Stephenson, Robert Sombathy and Zachary Taylor. The candidates will be interviewed in mid-August. Three to six finalists then will be submitted to Gov. Rick Scott who will make the final selection.

Fensom will retire at the end of the year.