The California Attorney General is the state's "chief legal officer". Cal. Const. Art. V, § 13. One of the Attorney General's statutory duties is to provide written legal opinions. Cal. Gov't Code § 12519. Not everyone, however, is entitled to the Attorney General's opinion. The Attorney General is permitted only to provide opinions only to specified categories of persons - generally, state constitutional officers, legislators, state agencies, and certain county and city officials. Id.
While a private citizen is not on the list of recipients, one might ask his or her state senator or assembly member to submit a request. However, not all such requests may be honored. The statute requires the Attorney General to render opinions to specified persons “relating to their respective offices.”