Government employees and elected officials have a responsibility to respect the law, act ethically and conduct their work in an open manner. Attorney General Cooper and the Department of Justice help you know what your rights and responsibilities are under the law and actively investigate and prosecute officials who violate the public’s trust.
North Carolina’s Public Records and Open Meetings laws provide the foundation for knowing what government officials and entities do. North Carolinians are generally entitled to see any public record. Public bodies must generally conduct business in public.
The Attorney General’s Office issues opinions
reminding government entities of their obligations under these laws and how to comply. We have also published a Guide to Open Government
, and you can contact our Victims and Citizens Services office to get information on how to obtain public records and conduct open meetings.
Department lawyers and State Bureau of Investigation
agents prosecute and investigate public corruption cases. Working with federal authorities and local District Attorneys, SBI agents have investigated hundreds of criminal cases against elected and appointed officials.
Our lawyers bring cases against judicial employees and law enforcement personnel through the state Judicial Standards Commission
and Law Enforcement Training & Standards Commission
. The Attorney General is also available, upon request, to take over any criminal case from local District Attorneys if the DA has a conflict.