Attorney General's Opinion Law & Legal Definition


An Attorney General’s opinion is an opinion furnished by the U.S. Attorney General to the President or another executive official on a request concerning a question of law. It also refers to a written opinion given by a state attorney general interpreting a legal provision when requested by a public official. Opinions of the Attorney General have advisory effect only. They do not have the force and effect of the law; and is limited to the facts presented by the official or officials requesting the opinion. Further, the opinions may be changed or recalled due to subsequent court decisions and/or legislative enactments. As the chief legal officer of the State, the Attorney General is responsible for rendering opinions to governmental entities and officers only, and not to private individuals.