By statute, the General Assembly, statewide elected officials, state department heads, county prosecuting attorneys, and certain other specified officials may seek the opinion of the Attorney General on questions of law relating to each office’s official duties. An Attorney General’s opinion is a public document responding to a specific legal question asked by a public official, and we attempt to address these questions as a court would decide the issue, following significant research. Unlike a court, however, Attorney General opinions cannot decide factual disputes and are non-binding. Neither issuance nor publication of Attorney General opinions constitutes the provision of legal advice, the establishment of an attorney-client relationship, or the formation of any other right or obligation, either to the addressed recipient of the opinion or to any member or members of the general public.
This website is meant to be a resource for researching and obtaining copies of Missouri Attorney General opinions. Please note: Published opinions are not updated to reflect subsequent changes in the law, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for thorough, independent legal research.
Requesting an Opinion from the Attorney General
Missouri Attorney General’s Office
P.O. Box 899
Jefferson City, MO 65102
The Attorney General is not allowed to issue opinions to persons other than those specifically mentioned in Section 27.040, RSMo, and is not allowed to issue opinions on questions that fall outside the scope of those persons’ official governmental duties.