Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2018)
Applicable rules of statute of limitation: Comparative study of United States & Saudi Arabia
Author(s): Dr. Nadia Abed Alali Kathim
Abstract: Statute of limitations is a law which sets out the maximum time that parties have to initiate legal proceedings from the date of an alleged offense. The precise form of a statute of limitations differs from one jurisdiction to the other. The length of time for statutes of limitation corresponds roughly to the amount of notice that both parties have regarding the underlying injury or wrong. The more notice both parties have that there is a problem and the more likely it is that the injured party will sue, the longer the statute of limitation. The less likely it is that the offending party will be aware of his wrong or the more inconsequential it is likely to be, the shorter the statute of limitation. The longest statutes of limitation are generally those regarding the recovery of judgment after a lawsuit in this situation, the parties are clearly on notice of the lawsuit. If the losing party refuses to pay his judgment, it should come as no surprise that he will be sued, even if it is as many as 10 years later. The Statute of Limitation is the deadline for filing a lawsuit. The purpose of this research is to differentiate between The United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding the Statute of Limitation. Moreover, each of them has different types, general time limits, purposes, and advantages as well as disadvantages. Statute of limitations is sometimes controversial due to cases where legal action cannot be brought against an offender because the maximum length of time has elapsed. As time goes on, important evidence may be lost and the memories of witnesses can grow foggy. Legal proceedings brought under these circumstances may not be fair to all parties.