Bill Text: NC H585 | 2017-2018 | Regular Session | Amended

Bill Title: Extend Statute of Limitations/Child Sex Abuse

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Engrossed) 2017-04-21 - Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate [H585 Detail]

Download: North_Carolina-2017-H585-Amended.html



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Committee Substitute Favorable 4/19/17


Short Title:      Extend Statute of Limitations/Child Sex Abuse.




Referred to:


April 6, 2017


AN ACT extending the statute of limitations for a civil action for child sexual abuse so that a plaintiff has until age forty to commence an action.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1.  G.S. 1‑17 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

"(d)      Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a), (b), and (c) of this section, a plaintiff may file a civil action against a defendant for sexual abuse suffered while the plaintiff was under 18 years of age until the plaintiff attains 40 years of age."

SECTION 2.  G.S. 1‑52 reads as rewritten:

"§ 1‑52.  Three years.

Within three years an action ‑

(5)        For criminal conversation, or for any other injury to the person or rights of another, not arising on contract and not hereafter enumerated.enumerated, except as provided by G.S. 1‑17(d).

(16)      Unless otherwise provided by law, for personal injury or physical damage to claimant's property, the cause of action, except in causes of actions referred to in G.S. 1‑15(c), shall not accrue until bodily harm to the claimant or physical damage to his property becomes apparent or ought reasonably to have become apparent to the claimant, whichever event first occurs. Except as provided in G.S. 130A‑26.3, G.S. 130A‑26.3 or G.S. 1‑17(d), no cause of action shall accrue more than 10 years from the last act or omission of the defendant giving rise to the cause of action.

(19)      For assault, battery, or false imprisonment.imprisonment, except as provided by G.S. 1‑17(d).


SECTION 3.  G.S. 1‑56 reads as rewritten:

"§ 1‑56.  All other actions, 10 years.

(a)        An Except as provided by subsection (b) of this section, an action for relief not otherwise limited by this subchapter may not be commenced more than 10 years after the cause of action has accrued.

(b)        A civil action against a defendant for sexual abuse suffered while the plaintiff was under 18 years of age is not subject to the limitation in this section."

SECTION 4.  Effective from October 1, 2017, until September 30, 2018, this act revives any civil action against a defendant for sexual abuse suffered while the plaintiff was under 18 years of age otherwise time barred under G.S. 1‑52 as it existed immediately before the enactment of this act.

SECTION 5.  If any provision of this act or its application is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of this act that can be given effect without the invalid provisions or application, and to this end, the provisions of this act are severable.

SECTION 6.  Except as specifically provided by Section 4 of this act, this act becomes effective October 1, 2017, and applies to civil actions commenced on or after that date.