The reports and attorney general opinions for each state (as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) are available in this collection offered by HeinOnline, dating back to at least 1990. For South Carolina, coverage currently includes the years 1978-1994 and 2004-2013, however many states’ attorney general reports and opinions are available back to inception. HeinOnline intends to continue updating this database until all the reports and opinions of all 50 states are available back to inception. Also included is access to the Official Opinions of the Attorneys General of the United States (1791-1982) and the Opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice (1977-2000).
Attorneys General render requested legal advice, conclusions, and recommendations regarding specific questions of law presented by public officials, frequently the executive branch. While these are advisory opinions and not mandatory orders, the opinions can carry considerable weight. They may provide interpretation of a statute and, as a persuasive authority in judicial matters, often have significant impact on the courts in their deliberations.
The database features full-text searching, as well as the ability to search by opinion number. Users can also browse by state and by year.
To access the State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, go to http://www.law.sc.edu/library/limited_access/ and select HeinOnline.
To read up on other HeinOnline digital collections, see our coverage of the Congress and the Courts collection, the History of Supreme Court Nominations collection, the Session Laws Library/State Statutes: A Historical Archive, the U.S. International Trade Library, the Children’s Law Journal, and the Intellectual Property Law Collection.