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statute of limitations

n. pl. statutes of limitations
A legal restriction, as by law or court decision, on the time that is allowed to elapse between the arising of a legal claim and the filing of a suit based on such legal claim.

statute of limitations

n
(Law) a legislative enactment prescribing the period of time within which proceedings must be instituted to enforce a right or bring an action at law. See also laches

stat′ute of limita′tions


n.
a statute defining the period within which legal action may be taken.
[1760–70]

statute of limitations

A statute that sets a time period during which legal proceedings must be begun.
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Noun1.statute of limitations - a statute prescribing the time period during which legal action can be taken
law - legal document setting forth rules governing a particular kind of activity; "there is a law against kidnapping"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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He is indeed protected on so many levels from being brought before the court due to America's statue of limitations rule which bans any action as the alleged offences took place so long ago.
Twenty-eight states have no statue of limitations for rape charges.
According to lawyer RehE-an Bataray, a senior member of yHD-Diyarbakyr, this has lifted the statue of limitations on the case.
Since there is no statue of limitations for the crime in Maryland, she was arrested earlier this year.
The law relaxes the statue of limitations on taking legal action against employers because of pay.
On September 17, the estate moved for a 120-day extension of the statue of limitations to file a medical malpractice suit pursuant to the Rules of Civil Procedure.
Florida's two-year statue of limitations provides in pertinent part: "if the wrongful act is directly related to the improper application of medical services and the use of profession judgment or skill.
The statue of limitations in such cases is normally limited to three years from the time of death.
ECHO "A debt becomes statute barred if it exceeds limits set out in mobile For news/sport/text ECHO to the statue of limitations, which states a debt may no longer be pursued or acknowledged more than six years ago.
A warrant was issued for his arrest just in the nick of time--just months before the statue of limitations five-year deadline expired on the Twigs case.
The statue of limitations in canon law also seemed to bar action in many cases.