legal opinion


Comparative law notes

Since a "legal opinion" can mean both a general legal "view" on a given issue or topic and also a formal written statement issued to a client memorializing that view (with documented support), we would suggest translating Rechtsauffassung as "legal view", which more accurately describes the nature of that German word. A Rechtsgutachten is a formal written legal opinion.

Definitions of legal opinion

written legal advice on a point of law given by a lawyer to his or her client

The client asked that his attorney draft a legal opinion regarding his chances of winning his case.

written statement by a judge, group of judges, court or legal expert concerning the legal reasoning that led to a certain judgment, ruling or decision

Justices have each to reach their own conclusions and then write their legal opinion.