William O. Carr, the administrative judge for the Circuit Court of Harford County, is among six applicants for a state Court of Special Appeals seat to be vacated by Judge Paul E. Alpert.
Judge Carr, 46, was one of the youngest judges appointed to the state Circuit Court bench when he was named to the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court in Bel Air in 1984, said Michael O'Malley, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the Courts in Annapolis.
Judge Alpert has said he will retire this year, Mr. O'Malley said.
A list of nominees, usually five to seven, to replace Judge Alpert will be sent to Gov. Parris N. Glendening on Nov. 9, he said.
The five other applicants, all of whom live in Baltimore County, are Mary Ellen Barbera, 44, an assistant attorney general; James R. Eyler, 53, a Baltimore lawyer; Harvey Greenberg, 52, a Baltimore lawyer; Barbara Kerr Howe, 56, a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge since 1988; and Nancy Ellen Paige, 54, a Baltimore lawyer.
Judges from the Court of Special Appeals earn $99,858 annually and act as a "buffer" between lower courts and the Court of Appeals, Mr. O'Malley said. "They hear all civil and criminal cases brought to them on appeal, sitting as a three-judge panel," he said.
Judge Carr, who earns $93,584 annually in his Circuit Court job, will be 47 Friday. He grew up in Havre de Grace and served as a Bel Air commissioner from 1977 to 1984.
Citing Judge Carr's personal policy, his secretary said he does not grant interviews.