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Kentucky Statutes of Limitations

Courts impose time limits, called the "statutes of limitations," for either filing a civil complaint or formal criminal charge. These time limits are intended to ensure the integrity of evidence and to prevent private citizens or prosecutors from threatening lawsuits or criminal charges indefinitely. The statutes of limitations typically differ by type of civil claim or criminal charge, although there are no time limits in most states -- including Kentucky -- for murder or other serious crimes. Time limits for most types of civil cases in Kentucky range from one to five years, while there is no limit for felonies committed in the Bluegrass State.

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