POLITICS Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire Thursday, to be replaced by Ketanji Brown Jackson

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told President Joe Biden that he would officially retire at noon on Thursday, hours after the court issued the last two rulings of his current term.

Biden expected Breyer's letter, as Justice said in January that he would leave at the end of his term.

He will be replaced by Ketanji Brown Jackson, who is currently a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Breyer's departure will come six days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which established the constitutional right to abortion.

Justice Stephen Breyer has informed the White House that his retirement will be effective Thursday, June 30 at noon ET.

In a letter to President Joe Biden, Breyer said it was his "great honor" to participate as a judge in "the effort to uphold our Constitution and the rule of law".

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will then take the oath to begin his service as the court's 116th member.

Breuer's departure In a major decision by the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade's case, six days after reversing his 1973 ruling, which established that abortion was a federal right.

On his final full day as sitting justice, Breyer attended a private conference session with his colleagues on Wednesday.

The judges reviewed a list of pending petitions, some related to cases in which they ruled recently, some related to new issues.

Following tradition, Breuer would hold an office at the court, although he would move to smaller chambers.