Oftentimes the folks who are doing the judging are also applicants. And if they're not applicants, their friends, coworkers, or family members might be. 

While it's recommended to manually check that judges haven't been assigned their own submissions, sometimes the process of figuring out any conflicts of interest are not so straightforward. 

In circumstances like these we suggest enabling the  judge recusal feature. This will give judges a chance to recuse themselves from judging any application they've been assigned. They'll also have a chance to give the reason for their recusal. From the admin side, it's possible to export the list of recusals as well as the reasons for them.