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Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017 commences 05/10/2017 A long-standing barrier to survivors of childhood abuse being able to take civil legal action pursuing damages has been abolished.

Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017 commences

A long-standing barrier to survivors of childhood abuse being able to take civil legal action pursuing damages has been abolished.

The commencement of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017 means survivors of child abuse no longer face the ‘time-bar’ that requires personal injury actions for civil damages to be made within three years of the related incident. The Act will apply to civil legal actions for damages resulting from child abuse, including in non-institutional settings, since 26th September 1964.

Minister for Community Safety & Legal Affairs Annabelle Ewing, who took the legislation through Parliament, said the move was an important part of wider Scottish Government action to support survivors of childhood abuse.

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