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State accepting applications for Arizona Supreme Court vacancy

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PHOENIX — The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is accepting applications for a seat on the Arizona Supreme Court that will be left open when Chief Justice Scott Bales retires this summer.

Applicants must be “of good moral character,” admitted to practice law in Arizona, an Arizona resident for the past 10 years and under the age of 65.

The commission will select three nominees to recommend to Gov. Doug Ducey, who will make the final decision and appoint the new justice.

The form is available online and must be submitted to the Administrative Office of the Courts by 3 p.m. on May 31.

The new justice will be paid an annual salary of nearly $160,000.

Arizona Court of Appeals Judge James P. Beene was appointed Friday to replace Justice John Pelander, who retired in March after being appointed in 2009.

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