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

AG Opinions on government access issuesWhat are Attorney General’s Opinions– 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:

“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.)”


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.)

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