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The study discusses the political position, composition, organisation and competence of the High Council for the Judiciary in Portugal. It is an office clearly supported by the constitution Articles 215 and 217, demonstrating the features of the southern European model of the functioning of judicial councils in Europe. Although judges do not formally have a majority in the High Council for the Judiciary, they can in practice obtain it when making specific decisions. However, in this aspect, the solutions adopted in Portugal do not follow the recommendations of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. They are also critically assessed in reports of other institutions e.g. GRECO.