This text discusses the statutory time limits affecting the latest point of time at which court or other proceedings may commence. Over 150 statutory time limits appropriate to specific causes of action are set out in alphabetical order for ease of reference. Each entry is fully cross-referenced and includes practical notes on commencement of court proceedings and the circumstances in which periods can be extended, suspended or otherwise modified.
This edition has been updated and revised to take account of a number of important statutes brought into force since the last edition. These include: Employment Act 1989
Extradition Act 1989
Companies Act 1989 s4
Childrens Act 1989 s32
Law of Property (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1989
Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 Sch 1
Environmental Protection Act 1990
Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1991
War Crimes Act 1991
Child Support Act 1991
Planning and Compensation Act 1991
Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1992
and Town and Country Planning Act 1990 s172.
The book also takes into account developments in case law in the important areas of personal injury, retrospective effect, economic loss, professional negligence and company law, and the section on tribunals has been expanded for this edition. The European dimension in statutory provisions is also covered.
Table of ContentsPart 1 Introductory: scope of the subject
scope of the present book
general notes. Part 2 When the period begins: cause of an action accruing
date of knowledge
other commencement dates. Part 3 When the period expires or is stopped by commencement of proceedings: calculation of the period
date of issue
amendments etc extending the period
court's descretion to disapply limit in certain cases. Part 4 When status or identity of party is relevant: the Crown and the Duchy of Cornwall
spiritual or eleemosynary corporations sole
trustees etc, personal representatives, beneficiaries
persons under disability. Part 5 Periods appropriate to specific types of action or proceedings.