Legal Opinions & Quo Warranto
As the chief law officer of the state, the California Attorney General 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.
A complete compilation of legal opinions of the Attorney General issued since 1997 may be viewed and searched using the search links below. At this time only a partial compilation of legal opinions issued between 1986 and 1996 may be accessed through this site. This page will reflect when all opinions issued for that time period are accessible.
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 published in a particular year.
Search for Opinions - Search for opinions issued since 1986 by Opinion Number (e.g., 01-107), Official Citation (e.g., 84 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 113), or word or phrase.
How to Obtain a Copy
A copy of a published opinion may be obtained by contacting the Opinion Unit:
- Office of the Attorney General
- Opinion Unit, Dept. of Justice
- Attn. Stephanie Grimes
- 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.