statute of limitations

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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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Myths surround this issue - the myth that perpetrators are people we don't know, the myth that they most likely just made one bad decision, or the myth that many people will take advantage of extended statues of limitations by falsely accusing someone of rape.
WHAT At a news conference, victims of clergy sexual abuse and leaders of an experienced, nationwide support group will -- ask every member of Congress to sign a pledge promising to call the police if they suspect harmful and potentially illegal sexual misconduct by lawmakers (instead of reporting to an internal Congressional committee), -- outline a series of steps they feel could protect future pages and educate millions of citizens about the "grooming" and sexual abuse/harassment of vulnerable teens, and -- push for eliminating the civil and criminal statues of limitations across the country, so that victims can better expose and jail their perpetrators.