CA Attorney General’s Opinions on Public Access Law (2012)

AG Opinions on government access issues[typography font=”Droid Serif” size=”17″ size_format=”px”]What are Attorney General’s Opinions–[/typography] The following are opinions published by California’s Attorney General about open government issues. How authoritative is a published opinion of the Attorney General — how seriously will a court take it? These comments by courts in recent cases are typical:

[quote style=”boxed”]”Although an official interpretation of a statute by the Attorney General is not controlling, it is entitled to great respect.”(Thorning v. Hollister School Dist. (1992) 11 Cal.App.4th 1598, 1604.)”[/quote]
[quote style=”boxed”]Opinions of the Attorney General, while not binding, are entitled to great weight. [Citations.] In the absence of controlling authority, these opinions are persuasive ‘since the legislature is presumed to be cognizant of that construction of the statute.’ [Citation.]”(Napa Valley Educators’ Assn. v. Napa Valley Unified School Dist. (1987) 194 Cal.App.3rd 243, 251.)[/quote]