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An individual or group of people to whom authority has been delegated by a larger group to perform a particular function or duty. A part of a legislative body made up of one or more individuals who have been assigned the task of investigating a certain issue and reporting their observations and recommendations to the legislature. The Senate has various committees, such as the Committee on Nuclear Energy. The name given to the person or group of people appointed by a court and charged with the responsibility of acting as the guardian of an incompetent person.

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(formerly) a person to whom the care of a mentally incompetent person or his property was entrusted by a court.
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COMMITTEE, practice. When a person has been found non compos, the law requires that a guardian should be appointed to take care of his person and estate; this guardian is called the committee.
     2. It is usual to select the committee from the next of kin; Shelf. on Lun. 137; and in case of the lunacy of the husband or wife, the one who is of sound mind is entitled, unless under very special circumstances, to be the committee of the other. Id. 140. This is the committee of the person. For committee of the estate, the heir at law is most favored. Relations are referred to strangers, but the latter may be appointed. Id. 144.
     3. It is the duty of the committee of the person, to take care of the lunatic; and the committee of the estate is bound to administer the estate faithfully, and to account for his administration. He cannot in general, make contracts in relation to the estate of the lunatic, or bind it, without a Special order of the court or authority that appointed him. Id. 179; 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 389-91.

COMMITTEE, legislation. One or more members of a legislative body to whom is specially referred some matter before that body, in order that they may investigate and examine into it and report to those who delegated this authority to them.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The ethics committee said that preliminary investigations had focused on several flights taken by Infantino, the hiring process for positions in the president's office and his refusal to sign the contract specifying his employment relationship with FIFA.
"The decision was made based on investigations carried out by the chief of investigation, Vanessa Allard, member of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee. In the present case, Mr Beckenbauer failed to cooperate with an ethics committee investigation conducted by the then chairman of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee regarding the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bids despite repeated requests for his assistance."
The statement came just minutes after the Ethics Committee of football's world governing body handed down the bans on both him and UEFA President Michel Platini over a dubious 2011 payment worth two million francs (1.85 million euros, $2 million).
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