The Limitation Act sets out time limits within which a claimant must initiate legal action for various categories of civil disputes failing which, no legal action maybe initiated at all. These time limits are in place to ensure swift action by a claimant and prevent stale claims from being litigated in court wherein damages may be harder to assess due to the delay. It is essential to be aware of these time-bars or time limits so as not to lose your fundamental right to legally protect your interests.
The time limits vary depending on the type of claim or action involved. We set out a few examples below:
However, it is essential to note that the Limitation Act contains provisions for extending or pausing the limitation period in specific circumstances. For example, in cases involving fraud the limitation period may be extended. Additionally, the limitation period may be paused if the claimant is a minor or lacks mental capacity.
Given the complexity of limitation periods and the potential consequences of losing your right to commence legal proceedings, it is advisable to consult a lawyer to ensure that your right to pursue legal action is protected by commencing legal proceedings within the appropriate time frame.
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