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Are new civil proceedings subject to a limitation period?

The limitation periods in the Limitation Act 2010 should apply to all new civil proceedings.


The Limitation Act 2010 provides a generic set of time limits (and exceptions to those limits) that apply to civil claims. The Limitation Act sets limitation periods in respect of a variety of civil claims (such as money claims, land claims, and claims relating to wills or judgments of awards). Legal advisers should be consulted to establish whether or not the particular civil proceeding relied on falls within the Limitation Act.

The limitation periods in the Limitation Act will apply to those claims covered, unless another enactment expressly provides for another limitation period or otherwise sets a deadline by which a claim must be made. Strong policy reasons particular to the circumstances of the legislation must be present to justify a departure from the Limitation Act.

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