The Attorney General issues official opinions pursuant to Section 7-5-25, Miss. Code Ann. The official opinion process can be found here.
Submit the request form and your request letter on official letterhead here. If you are in need of the opinion on short notice, please note that and the specific circumstances that necessitate an expedited opinion in your request.
Recently published opinions can be found here.
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The Attorney General’s Office publishes opinion outlines, as well, summarizing recent opinions and interlocal agreements.
When a complaint is received by the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to Section 45-9-53, Miss Code Ann., the complaint is date-stamped and assigned a tracking number for reference purposes. Acknowledgment of receipt of the complaint will be made to the complainant and a copy of the complaint will be simultaneously provided to the respondent jurisdiction.
If the sign has been removed or is not found by the investigator or the complaint is not otherwise substantiated, then a letter will be sent to the complainant and respondent jurisdiction so stating. If the allegations in the complaint are verified and the sign or ordinance is found to be in violation of the statute, notice will be sent to the proper authority of the respondent jurisdiction (Mayor/Board of Supervisors and the City/County Attorney). The notice will include a copy of the complaint and its attachments, identification of the ordinance or part thereof in violation of the statute, the specifics of the violation and notice of the 30-day opportunity to cure.
Said notice will be provided to the respondent jurisdiction by certified mail return receipt requested, registered mail, or some other means reasonably calculated to identify the beginning of the thirty (30) day opportunity to cure. The Office of the Attorney General will copy the complainant on the notice sent to the respondent jurisdiction containing the administrative findings of the Office of the Attorney General by regular first class United States Mail, postage prepaid. Pursuant to Section 45-9-53(5) of the Mississippi Code, the complainant may then file suit against the municipality or county if, after 30 days, the complainant believes that the municipality/county has not cured the violation.
If you have a gun complaint pursuant to Section 45-9-53, Miss. Code Ann., use this form.
You can submit your form here.
Interlocal agreements permit local governmental units to make the most efficient use of their powers by enabling them to cooperate and to contract with other local governmental units on a basis of mutual advantage. Though the subject matter of interlocal agreements vary, the most submitted are agreements which pertain to the collection of municipal ad valorem taxes by the county.
Every interlocal agreement must be submitted to the Office of the Attorney General to determine whether the agreement is in proper form and compatible with Mississippi law(s). Agreements which are found to be in proper form and compatible with Mississippi shall be approved by the Attorney General, while those which are not in proper form and/or compatible with Mississippi law shall not be approved by the Attorney General. In the absence of a response within sixty (60) days after the date of the Attorney General’s receipt of an interlocal agreement, approval is implied.
A request for approval of an interlocal agreement shall be submitted electronically. Each submitted agreement shall be accompanied by a copy of each governing authority’s official meeting minutes by which each respective government authority approved the subject matter of the submitted agreement and a cover letter from the requesting party on official letterhead. Receipt of an interlocal agreement submission will be acknowledged by electronic correspondence within three (3) business days.
Pursuant to Mississippi Code Annotated 25-61-19, the following legislation, which has been passed and signed into law, affects the powers and duties of the Office of the Attorney General. This information is provided only for the purposes outlined in Section 25-61-19 and does not constitute full descriptions of the bills nor is it offered as legal advice.
Misty is a graduate of Rhodes College and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law where she was a member of the editorial board of the Mississippi Law Journal and a member of the Moot Court Board. More recently, she received her Master of Arts in English from Mississippi College. Upon graduation from law school, she clerked at the Mississippi Court of Appeals for Chief Judges Fraiser, Bridges, and McMillin. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, she was in private practice.
Misty and her husband, Clark, live in Jackson and are members of Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church. Their daughter and son-in-law live in South Carolina, and their son attends Ole Miss.