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1998 Official Opinions

Official opinions will be posted as they are issued, generally within 24 to 48 hours. Please check this page at regular intervals to determine whether additional opinions have been issued.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Official opinions represent the attorney general’s analysis of current law based on his thorough research of existing statutes, the Virginia and United States constitutions, and relevant court decisions.  They are not "rulings" and do not create new law, nor do they change existing law.  Creating and amending laws are the responsibility of the General Assembly, not the attorney general. 

Official opinions are legal advice, not personal opinions, and do not reflect the attorney general’s personal views about what the law should be.  Such advice is provided to ensure clients/the requester are in compliance with the law.  While the opinions may be given deference by the courts, they are not binding on the courts.

 

The official opinions issued by the attorney general are part of the duties of the office (see Code § 2.2-505). A person authorized by statute, such as the governor, a member of the General Assembly, a constitutional officer, or the head of a state agency, can ask the attorney general for an official opinion on the law. Members of the general public are not authorized to ask for opinions.

*Section 2.1-118 of the Code of Virginia authorizes the Attorney General of Virginia to render official opinions to the Governor,  members of the General Assembly, judges, the State Corporation Commission, state agency heads, and certain local officials.  The Honorable Mark L. Earley was sworn in as Attorney General at noon, January 17, 1998.   The Honorable Richard Cullen served as Attorney General of Virginia from June 11, 1997, to January 17, 1998.  The Honorable James S. Gilmore, III, served as Attorney General during 1996 until his resignation on June 11, 1997. 

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PDF Frank Hargrove Virginia War Memorial Foundation
     
PDF Riley Ingram FOIA for City Council Executive Session
     
PDF D. Bruce Patterson Circuit clerks fees for passport applications
     
PDF R. Stevens Landes Director of Local Victim Assistance Program
     
PDF W. Edward Meeks Criminal Prosecution for failure to support
     
PDF L. Louise Lucas Hiring of school personnel
     
PDF Emily Couric Campaign Disclosure forms
     
PDF William Bolling Transportation of Solid Waste
     
PDF R. Edward Houck Accepting streets into secondary highway system
     
PDF Johnny S. Joannou Regional Jail Authority representatives
     
PDF Phillip Hamilton Certified massage therapists
     
PDF William Roscoe Reynolds Situs of rolling stock for taxation
     
PDF William J. Howell Certificate for wills
     
PDF Jay Katzen School board leasing of building