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Statute of limitations

A statute specifying the period of time within which legal action must be brought for alleged damages or injury; in construction industry cases.

statute of limitations

A statute specifying the period of time within which legal action must be brought for alleged damage or injury. The lengths of the periods vary from state to state and depend upon the type of legal action. The period commences to run under some statutes of limitations upon the accrual of a legal claim, but in others only upon the time of discovery of the act resulting in the alleged damage or injury.
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As a legal commentator noted in 1954, when evaluating the policy rationales for setting statutes of limitations, "no limitation can be set without regard to the length of time reasonably necessary to discover and investigate crimes.
Finally, statutes of limitations are designed to provide certainty and finality to litigation, (118) a goal that would be undermined by a strictly literal interpretation of [section] 42.
Statutes of limitations benefit society as well as the accused.
The United States and some European countries have done away with the statutes of limitations on some types of crimes.
5) Given the significant differences between the court process and the arbitral process, it should not come as a surprise that differences would extend into issues such as statutes of limitations.
Current limits on criminal prosecutions were established when DNA-testing techniques were in their infancy; now the law must catch up with the science, say legislators seeking to extend or banish statutes of limitations so that police and prosecutors can still pursue cases when funds to process DNA evidence are allocated.
The court noted that the concept of equitable recoupment was first applied in Bull,(138) and its purpose "is to relieve parties from the unfair application of statutes of limitations in certain circumstances.
Civil statutes of limitations were not a part of English common law, but were creatures of the legislature.
The Rutter Group (Encino, CA) has published "Civil Procedure Before Trial: Statutes of Limitations," a loose leaf practice guide that provides analysis and information on identifying applicable statutes of limitations and resolving common statute of limitations issues.
ISSUE: There is often a difference in the time limits for filing suit for medical malpractice and the time limits for filing suit for wrongful death under the statutes of limitations throughout the states.
In 1996, the legislature enacted a second statute, clarifying that a prosecution satisfying these three requirements "shall revive any cause of action barred by [prior statutes of limitations.
Supreme Court's highly charged rulings last month involving affirmative action and anti-sodomy laws was another important decision by the high court involving statutes of limitations.