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Definition of Statute of limitations

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law that determines the time frame within which a particular offense can be prosecuted
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statute of limitations
n : a statute prescribing the time period during which legal action can be taken
statute of limitations
(law), a statute assigned a certain time, after which rights can not be enforced by action...
see statute

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1. a statute prescribing the time period during which legal action can be taken
(hypernym) law
(classification) law, jurisprudence
Statute of limitations Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
Dictionary of Real Estate Terms
The time period to file a law suit to enforce a claim or it is barred by law.
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Statutes of limitations are laws passed by a legislative body in common law systems to set the maximum time after an event when legal proceedings may be initiated. When the period of time specified in a statute of limitations passes, a claim can no longer be filed. The intention of these laws is to facilitate resolution in a reasonable length of time. In civil law (legal system) systems, similar provisions are typically part of their civil or criminal codes and known collectively as periods of prescription. The cause of action dictates the statute of limitations, which can be reduced (or extended) to ensure a fair trial. When a statute of limitations expires in a criminal case, the courts no longer have jurisdiction. Analysis of a statute of limitations includes the examination of any associated statute of repose, tolling provisions and exclusions.

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Statute of limitations Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
Law Dictionary
Any law that fixes the time within which parties musttake judicial action to enforce rights or else be thereafter barred fromenforcing them. The enactment of such laws derives from the belief that thereis a point beyond which a prospective defendant should no longer worry aboutfuture possibility of an action against him, that the law disfavors "staleevidence," and that no one should be able to "sit on his rights" for anunreasonable time without forfeiting claims.
Statute of limitations Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
The Glossary of the American Council on Science and Health
1. A law that in certain cases specifies a period outside which filing a lawsuit and/or punishing a transgression is not permitted legally. 2. The period that such a law specifies.