The race was cancelled by Gov. Sonny Perdue, who will appoint Carriere’s replacement.
The Judicial Nominating Commission began taking nominations on June 22 and has interviews scheduled with 21 candidates, including the five DeKalb lawyers who had previously declared for the seat.
The interviews will take place all day on July 19 at the State Bar’s headquarters on Marietta Street in Atlanta.
Akintunde “Tunde” Akinyele, Sherry Boston, Nicole Marchand, Anton Rowe and Phyllis Williams had been campaigning for months for the seat when Carriere took the county’s early retirement offer in April.
Republican state Sen. Dan Weber, who did not seek re-election to his seat, is also on the list of candidates.
The commission will send Perdue a short list of nominees. The appointed judge will sit for two years before facing re-election in 2012.
Only the seat being vacated by DeKalb Superior Court Judge Robert Castellani was open for qualifying, which ended July 2.