The word laches, pronounced 'lay-cheese', refers to an unacceptable delay in pursuing a claim.

If a claimant is seen by the court to be guilty of unreasonable delay in seeking relief the court may refuse relief. 'The law will not help those who sleep on their rights'.

If an action is covered by limitation-of-actions legislation there will be no deviation from the period given.  If there is no stipulated time limit it will depend on circumstances.


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