LRC Reports

Limitations: General (1974)

Limitation periods require potential plaintiffs to commence lawsuits within specified times in order to preserve their rights against potential defendants. Their purpose is to ensure that lawsuits are brought within a reasonable time, so people are not subject to the threat of being sued over a particular matter for an indefinite period. At the time this report was written, the Statute of Limitations in force in British Columbia was essentially a copy of its predecessor English legislation and had fallen out of touch with contemporary legal, social, and economic realities. This project examines ways to modernize and simplify limitations law.

Keywords: limitation; action; time; postponement; suspension; charge;
adverse possession; prescription; acknowledgment; laches; extinguishment;
extension; contract; debt; limitation period; judgment; confirmation; land;
property; trustee; charge; real; mortgage; personal; disability; mental;
incapacity; fraud; mistake; pleading; part payment; conflict of laws

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