US President Donald Trump has said that he will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court on July 9, and that he has a shortlist of about five candidates.
The nominee will replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the decision is likely to have a decades-long impact.
Mr Trump has been secretive about his potential picks, though he has said that he wants someone younger, and that there are two women.
“It’s a great group of intellectual talent … they are generally conservative,” Trump said.
Mr Trump has also said that he won’t be questioning his nominees on the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a woman’s right to abortion in the US, nor will he discuss gay rights.
This is unusual for a conservative pick for the Supreme Court, as these issues are usually used as a litmus test for potential candidates.
It is expected that senators will still be asking about views on abortion when they conduct confirmation hearings for the candidate.
Mr Kennedy was a conservative judge, though he did surprise many by voting in favour of abortion rights and gay rights in a number of cases.