Attorney General Opinions

One of the duties of the Attorney General is to provide opinions on legal questions concerning the State of Georgia or its agencies.  These opinions are binding on all state agencies and departments. Below are recent opinions that affect the judiciary.
Unofficial Opinion 2012-3
November 26, 2012
Costs collected under O.C.G.A. § 9‑11‑55 as a condition precedent to opening cases in default should be held in the court registry pending disposition of the case, and then the monies should be disbursed to the prevailing party based on the judgment or dismissal.
Official Opinion 2012-5
December 4, 2012
Open Records held by GSCCCA, charging of fees
The images and data in the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority’s statewide online information system for deeds, liens, and plats are subject to disclosure under the Open Records Act, but the Authority may charge fees in accordance with a fee schedule adopted pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 15‑6‑94.
Official Opinion 2012-7
December 19, 2012
Intergovernmental agreements for the provision of misdemeanor probation services
Intergovernmental agreements for probation services are legal in instances in which the contracting parties are authorized by law to provide probation services.   Also, when providing probation services for a judicial circuit, a probation entity must be authorized to provide the service and must enter into separate agreements with the court of each county that composes that judicial circuit.
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