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Legal Opinions of the Attorney General - Opinion Unit

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 1990 may be viewed and searched using the search links below. At this time only a partial compilation of legal opinions issued between 1986 and 1989 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 1990 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 Submit a Question of Law for AG Consideration

The Attorney General is authorized to give opinions on questions of law to state legislators, heads of state departments, district attorneys, county counsels, sheriffs, and to city attorneys in their prosecutorial capacities. For more information about requesting an opinion, please see our FAQs and the Guidelines for AG Opinions.pdf a downloadable resource provided for users' reference.

To submit a request, or to ask questions about how to submit a request, please contact:

  • Susan Duncan Lee
  • Supervising Deputy Attorney General
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Opinion Unit, Dept. of Justice
  • 455 Golden Gate Ave., Suite 11000
  • San Francisco, CA 94102

  • Susan.Lee@doj.ca.gov


How to Request a Copy of an Existing Opinion

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

  • Stephanie.Grimes@doj.ca.gov


Printed hardbound volumes of Opinions of the Attorney General of California are published by Lexis Publishing and may be read in public libraries. Opinions are also available online through Lexis dating back to 1960.

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Sacramento, CA 95814

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San Francisco, CA 94102

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