What are Limitation Periods in B.C. Law?
In law, most legal matters have a limitation period attached to them as set out in the Limitation Act, SBC 2012 c 13 (the “Act”).
A limitation period is the length of time that a person has between discovering a legal claim and starting a court proceeding.
For example, if a person is hit by a car and breaks her arm, she must sue the driver of the car that hit her within two years of the accident because personal injury motor vehicle matters have a two-year limitation period.
This limitation period begins the day you discover your claim. Note that if your two-year limitation period as set out in the Act has expired, this means that your time to make a claim against the person you are suing has passed and you have likely forfeited your right to sue that person on that particular matter.
Questions About British Columbia’s Laws?
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