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Personal Injury Litigation in Scotland: Time-bar in historic child abuse cases

Over recent years, there has been an increased acknowledgement that the time-bar on seeking damages for historic abuse is restricting access to civil justice, particularly in those cases where abuse may have been facilitated by the systemic failures of bodies and institutions legally responsible for the care of children.

In Scotland, these issues and more are being investigated by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. The Scottish Government has also introduced the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill which seeks to lift the three-year time-bar on claiming damages for historic child abuse and sets out the circumstances for cases to be raised again when they were originally struck out because of time-bar.

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