ANCHORAGE - The longest-serving justice on the Alaska Supreme Court is retiring next year after nearly 32 years on the bench.
Justice Warren Matthews was appointed to the state's highest court in 1977 by then-Gov. Jay Hammond. Matthews twice served as chief justice.
Larry Cohn, executive director of the Alaska Judicial Council, said Matthew's retirement will be effective April 5, 2009, the justice's 70th birthday. The mandatory retirement age for Alaska judges is 70.
The judicial council will accept applications until Sept. 26 to fill the vacancy.
Matthews' replacement will be the second appointment under Gov. Sarah Palin.
Last November, Palin named Fairbanks attorney Daniel Winfree to the Supreme Court as a successor to Justice Alexander Bryner.