Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will "surely retire" before Barack Obama's term is over.
Stevens said he will decide on the timing soon in a Web interview Saturday.
"I will surely do it while he's still president," Justice Stevens told The Washington Post. "The president and the Senate need plenty of time to fill a vacancy."
Hints at Steven's upcoming retirement surfaced when he hired only one law clerk this past September instead of the typical four clerks per justice for his fall term.
Justice Stevens will turn 90 this month. He has been serving on the Supreme Court since 1975 when he was appointed by President Gerald R. Ford.