As the wording would imply a statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time a would-be plaintiff or prosecutor has to file a civil action or criminal charges after the date of the incident. FindLaw's North Dakota Statutes of Limitations section provides detailed explanations of the state's criminal and civil statutes of limitation, written for non-attorneys. North Dakota requires personal injury lawsuits and most other civil actions to be filed within six years, but the limit is only two years for defamation. With respect to criminal charges, prosecutors are given two years for misdemeanors and three years for most felonies, although there is no limit for murder charges. Click on a link below to learn more.