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The Ethics Committee was a Galactic Senate committee of the Galactic Republic, and was considered a spiritual partner of the Judiciary Committee's Internal Activities Committee. The Ethics Committee had the power to investigate senators and other government officials, and in order to do so could issue subpoenas for witnesses for hearings. Although similar to the Internal Activities Committee, the Ethics Committee was restricted to giving censures and could not file recommendations for criminal charges. Despite this, censures by the committee usually created enough public pressure to force a criminal investigation, as well as force a resignation or call for a Vote of No Confidence.[1]

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