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Judicial self-governance refers to judges’ ability to decide or advise on issues related to judicial careers, including appointments, promotions, and disciplinary responsibility. Bodies of judicial self-governance include bodies with judges as their members, such as judicial councils, judicial appointment commissions, or disciplinary boards. Higher levels of judicial self-governance are associated with improved levels of judicial independence and, hence, call for increasing the engagement of judges. The judicial council and court service models are characterised by higher degrees of judicial self-governance, compared to the ministry of justice model, even though the absence of judicial councils and other similar bodies does not mean that judges have no influence on decision-making processes.