What is the deadline for starting a Civil case?

by | Dec 4, 2019 | Media

What is the deadline for starting a Civil case?

If you have a Civil case and are thinking of starting the claim in Court, you must check that the validity period of the claim hasn’t expired yet. The principle of limitation is a legal rule that stops a person from starting legal action for a case after a certain amount of time has elapsed since their claim first arose.

The purpose of this rule is to:

  1. Protect unsuspecting Defendants against being pursued for claims many years after the incident occurred
  2. Make sure that legal actions are tried by the Courts in a timely manner.

What are the time limits to start a Civil Claim?

Generally, a legal action based on a contract or a tort (civil wrong) must be brought within 6 years from the cause of action resulting.

For cases involving personal injury, negligence, nuisance or breach of duty, the time limits are:

  1. Within 3 years of the date the cause of action resulting, or;
  2. Within 3 years from the date, the Plaintiff had knowledge of the right to take legal action.

If a person doesn’t start their legal claim within the specified time limits their action will be time-barred, meaning
that their legal rights are terminated.

So there you have it, some basic information on what limitation periods are in a Civil case.

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About the author

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.