What is the time-limit for starting a Civil claim in Court?

by | Feb 27, 2019 | Blog

The principle of Limitation of Actions stops a party from starting his Civil claim after the following time-limits:

  • A case involving a claim contract or a Civil wrong (also known as a Tort) must be started within 6 years from the time of the case arising (i.e. from the time of the breach of contract, from the time of the wrongful act taking place).
  • A case involving negligence, nuisance or breach of duty must be started within 3 years from the time of the case arising or 3 years from the time the Plaintiff knew that he had the right to take legal action.

If you do not start your Civil case within the prescribed time-limits, you will not be allowed to start your claim and you will have no further legal rights regarding the case.

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About the author

Jonathan Wong

Jonathan is the Founder and Managing Director of Tembusu Law. He is also the founder of LawGuide Singapore, a prominent legaltech startup which successfully created and launched Singapore’s first legal chatbot in 2017.