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New Jersey Civil Statute of Limitations Laws

States have time limits for would-be plaintiffs seeking to file a civil lawsuit, which are called "statutes of limitations." These time limits help preserve the integrity of evidence, whether it's physical evidence or witness testimony, while preventing the indefinite threat of lawsuits. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injuries is two years, while injury to personal property has a six-year statute of limitations.

To learn more about New Jersey's civil statute of limitations laws, reference the following chart. See Time Limit Considerations in Medical Malpractice Calims for related information.

Injury to Person 2 yrs. §2A:14-2
Libel/Slander 1 yr. §2A:14-3
Fraud 6 yrs. §2A:14-1
Injury to Personal Property 6 yrs. §2A:14-1
Professional Malpractice 2 yrs. §2A:14-2
Trespass 6 yrs. §2A:14-1
Collection of Rents 16 yrs. §2A:14-4
Contracts Written: 6 yrs. §2A:14-1; Oral: 6 yrs. §2A:14-1
Collection of Debt on Account 6 yrs. §2A:14-1
Judgments 20 yrs. from court of record §2A:14-5

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New Jersey litigation and appeals attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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