Attorney General Legal Opinions
The California Attorney General, as the chief law officer of the state, provides legal opinions upon request to designated state and local public officials and government agencies on issues arising in the course of their duties. The formal legal opinions of the Attorney General have been accorded "great respect" and "great weight" by the courts.
Legal opinions of the Attorney General can be searched from this site using the search links below. In addition to searching opinions by year and by key words or phrases, you now can search for opinions by specific citations.
- Monthly Opinion Report - View the current report of pending assignments and activities of the Opinion Unit with links to newly issued opinions.
- Yearly Index - View yearly indexes since 1997 with links to opinions issued during a particular year.
- Opinions Search - Search opinions by word, phrase or opinion number (e.g., 01-107) issued since 1986.
- Citation Search - Search citation indexes since 1986.
Opinions of the Attorney General also are available by contacting the California Attorney General, Opinion Unit, P. O. Box 944255, Sacramento, CA 94244-2550. Printed volumes of "Opinions of the Attorney General of California" are published by Lexis Publishing and may be read in public libraries.
SUBMITTING OPINION REQUESTS
Public officials may request an opinion from the Attorney General by submitting their questions to:
Attorney General of California
Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
See FAQs for an explanation of the public officials and governmental agencies who may request an opinion.