A committee has pared the list of people who could replace former Judge Jose Robles down to eight.

Nearly 50 people had applied for the pro tem position.

Judge Robles quit unexpectedly back in September.

I was under the impression Presiding Pima County Superior Court Judge Sally Simmons would interview the eight in mid-December, but I'm told the committee will do the interviewing and they'll give their top three or four choices to Judge Simmons.

I've heard four names mentioned so far, but the only one I have confirmed so far is Bobbi Berry, prosecutor turned defense attorney.