- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The upcoming retirement of Arizona Supreme Court Justice Rebecca White Berch means the search is on for her replacement.

Arizona’s system for replacing appeals and supreme court justices involves qualified attorneys applying for the job and then being vetted by an independent commission.

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will interview selected candidates and forward at least three names to Gov. Doug Ducey. Ducey then picks from the available choices.

Applicants must be a qualified Arizona lawyer at least 30 years old, of good moral character and a state resident for at least 10 years. Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Oct. 1.

Berch plans to retire this month. She was named to the Supreme Court in 2002 by then-Gov. Jane Hull and was chief justice from 2009-2014.

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