This answer from early in the private beta argues that legal questions should generally be off-topic, giving the following examples:
- Is keeping pet x in jurisdiction y illegal?
- What permits do I need for pet x?
- My dog bit someone, am I gonna be sued?
Since then we've reached some concensus that for medical questions the topic is more nuanced; specific, localized questions aren't a good fit, but there are all sorts of other questions that would be on-topic (see here). And today Chad wrote:
Why are legal questions off topic? I understand not allowing questions that ask does X law apply to my problem being off topic. But general legal questions should be answerable. Especially questions on importing and exporting pets, the use of medications, and any other that do not have hyper local answers. Do I need a licence is hyper local because it is going to vary by county and city sometimes in the US, and I suspect other places. But In the US where should I go to find out about licencing requirements? should be on topic.
So, how do we feel about legal questions? If some are on-topic and some off-topic, how do we characterize the difference?