By statute, the Governor, members of the General Assembly, other elected government officials, state agencies, or people appointed to serve on boards and commissions are entitled to legal advice from the Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General also issues legal opinions to certain local officials. An Attorney General’s opinion is thus a written public document responding to a specific legal question asked by these elected or appointed government officials. All opinions have been reviewed by the Opinions Section and represent the highest standards of research. An Attorney General’s opinion attempts to resolve questions of law as the author believes a court would decide the issue. Unlike a court, however, Attorney General opinions cannot decide factual disputes.
For past opinions:
Opinions from 1921 to present are available in the Office of the Attorney General Law Library, 1000 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29211.
Opinions dating from 1959 to present are also available on the Westlaw or Lexis research databases.