SB 17-04 Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill

Under the current law, there is a three year statutory time limit for bringing a civil court claim for damages in relation to personal injuries. 

The Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill contains provisions which would remove the statutory time limit where the claim relates to childhood abuse. However, the Bill also sets out two specific sets of circumstances where the court will be required to dismiss such a claim.

This briefing summarises the current law and explains why the Scottish Government wants to change it. It also explores some of the policy issues arising as a result of the proposed change.

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Published: 19 January 2017



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