Expiry of a limitation period provides a defendant with a complete defense to a claim. In The Bahamas most limitation periods are set forth in the Limitation Act 1995. Normally the only consequence of the expiry of a limitation period is that the defendant acquires a technical defense to the claim. The plaintiff still has a cause of action, but one that cannot be enforced. In cases of adverse possession of land and conversion, for example, expiration of the limitation period has the additional consequence of extinguishing the party’s title to the land or goods.

Here is a summary of the limitation periods for these categories of legal actions, and we do hope that you all find this useful when planning your litigation affairs in The Bahamas:

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