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Limitation Laws: Decoding the Law on Debarring


The very first thing a lawyer needs to look at when a client walks into their door is the limitation period on the cause of action brought before them. In case the grievance caused to the client is affected by the statute of limitation, they will not be permitted to bring their complaint before a court of law. Limitation law prevents miscarriage of justice caused due to corrosion of proof, tampering of evidence and fading memory of witnesses over time. It restricts the time period for filing of complaints. Often lawyers miss out on a potential lawsuit because they are not well versed with the scope of applicability of this law. Awareness regarding the exceptions and exclusions to limitation and the plausible justifications to seek condonation of delay are oftentimes lacking in the legal fraternity and scholars.

This course helps you understand the law of limitation as applicable in India. It apprises you on the strict application of this law, when the exceptions to limitation come into play and in what situations its applicability can be excluded. You will also learn to analyze what meets the threshold of invoking a condonation of delay. The course assists you in comprehending the effects of certain actions on the limitation period so as to better understand the process of litigation, rights of individuals and general interest in a welfare state like India.



After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of limitation period in suits
  • Understand how to calculate the prescribed period
  • Analyze the exceptions and exclusions to the general bar of limitation
  • Comprehend the concept of ownership by possession


  • Module 1 – Introduction to the law of limitation
  • Module 2 – Relationship between limitation and various other concepts of law
  • Module 3 – General Principles of Law of Limitation
  • Module 4 – Exclusion of time while computing period of limitation
  • Module 5 – Effects of certain actions on cause of action
  • Module 6 – Acquisition of ownership by possession
  • Module 7 – The Schedule- Period of Limitation
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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  • Lawyers
  • Law Students
  • Other Stakeholders

Level: Intermediate

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months


Learners must submit all assignments and secure at least 50% marks in Certification Exam at the end of the course to obtain the course certificate.

About the Author

Manish Shrivastava, Managing Partner - Tulika Law Associate, is a practicing lawyer based in Delhi since the year 1999. He is a law graduate from University of Delhi, providing general counsel, advisory and litigation services on varied areas of law.

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