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statute of limitations

[stach′o̅o̅t]
Etymology: L, statuere, to set up, limes, boundary
(in law) a statute that sets a limit of time during which a suit may be brought or criminal charges may be made. In a malpractice suit, dispute may arise as to whether the time set by the particular statute of limitations begins to run at the time of the injury or at the time of the discovery of the injury.

statute of limitations

Malpractice A doctrine that allows a plaintiff 2 to 3 yrs–depending upon the state in the US, from the time of the alleged malpractice or negligence–by a physician or hospital–to file a lawsuit. See Emancipated minor, Malpractice.

Statute of Limitations

the law which limits the time after an event during which a court action related to a claim for damages arising out of the event can be initiated.
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It is submitted that the former interpretation is to be preferred; otherwise, adverse possessors who did not comply with the requirements of the Limitation of Actions Act 1974 (Qld) would always obtain a lesser, but still burdening, interest in the land.
200) 'Adverse possessor' in the Land Title Act 1994 (Qld) is defined as 'a person (a) against whom the time for bringing an action to recover the lot has expired under the Limitation of Actions Act 1974; and (b) who, apart from this Act, is entitled to remain in possession of the lot': sch 2 (definition of 'adverse possessor').
319) Limitation of Actions Act 1974 (Qld) s 6(4); Limitation of Actions Act 1958 (Vic) ss 7, 32; Limitation Act 2005 (WA) ss 19(2), 72.
5) See especially Wrongs and Limitation of Actions Acts (Insurance Reform) Act 2003 (Vic) pt 3.
6) That is, where proceedings were commenced before 1 October 2003: see Wrongs and Limitation of Actions Acts (Insurance Reform) Act 2003 (Vic) s 14, which inserted new transitional provisions into s 27N of the Act.
44) The Committee on the Limitations of Actions ('Tucker Committee'), Report of the Committee on the Limitation of Actions, Cmd 7740 (1949) [23] ('Tucker Report').
46) Statute Law Revision Committee, Parliament of Victoria, Report from the Statute Law Revision Committee on the Limitation of Actions Bill (1950) 947 8.
49) Limitation of Actions (Personal Injury Claims) Act 1983 (Vic) ss 3(b), (c).
51) Limitation of Actions Act (Personal Injuries) 1972 (Vic) s 3, amended by Limitation of Actions (Personal Injury Claims) Act 1983 (Vic) s 5.
92) The most significant amending legislation with respect to the Act was the Wrongs and Limitation of Actions Acts' (Insurance Reform) Act 2003 (Vic).
93) See Limitation of Actions Act 1958 (Vic) pt IIA, especially s 27B.
77) Law Commission for England and Wales, Limitation of Actions, Report No 270, above n 69, 2, referring to S v W [1995] 1 Faro LR 862.