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Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Prescription

    1. Positive prescription

      1. 1. Interests in land: general.

      2. 2. Interests in land: special cases.

      3. 3. Positive servitudes and public rights of way.

      4. 4. Judicial interruption of periods of possession for purposes of sections 1, 2 and 3.

      5. 5. Further provisions supplementary to sections 1, 2 and 3.

    2. Negative Prescription

      1. 6. Extinction of obligations by prescriptive periods of five years.

      2. 7. Extinction of obligations by prescriptive periods of twenty years.

      3. 8. Extinction of other rights relating to property by prescriptive periods of twenty years.

      4. 8A. Extinction of obligations to make contributions between wrongdoers.

      5. 9.†Definition of “relevant claim” for purposes of sections 6, 7 and 8.

      6. 10.†Relevant acknowledgment for purposes of sections 6 and 7.

      7. 11. Obligations to make reparation.

      8. 12. Savings.

      9. 13. Prohibition of contracting out.

    3. General

      1. 14. Computation of prescriptive periods.

      2. 15. Interpretation of Part I.

      3. 16. Amendments and repeals related to Part I.

  3. Part II Limitation of Actions

    1. 16A. Part II not to extend to product liability.

    2. 17. Actions in respect of personal injuries not resulting in death.

    3. 18. Actions where death has resulted from personal injuries.

    4. 18A. Limitation of defamation and other actions.

    5. 18B. Actions of harassment.

    6. 19A. Power of court to override time-limits etc.

    7. 19B. Actions for recovery of property obtained through unlawful conduct etc.

    8. 20, 21.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    9. 22. Interpretation of Part II and supplementary provisions.

  4. Part IIA Prescription of Obligations and Limitation of Actions under Part I of the Consumer Protection Act 1987

    1. Prescription of Obligations

      1. 22A. Ten years’prescription of obligations.

    2. Limitation of actions

      1. 22B. 3 year limitation of actions.

      2. 22C. Actions under the 1987 Act where death has resulted from personal injuries.

    3. Supplementary

      1. 22D. Interpretation of this Part.

      2. 23.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  5. Part III Supplemental

    1. 23A. Private international law application.

    2. 24. The Crown.

    3. 25. Short title, commencement and extent.

  6. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Obligations Affected by Prescriptive Periods of Five Years under Section 6

      1. 1.Subject to paragraph 2 below, section 6 of this Act...

      2. 2.Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing paragraph, section 6 of this...

      3. 3.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      4. 4.In this Schedule— (a) “land obligation” has the same meaning...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Appropriate Dates for Certain Obligations for Purposes of Section 6

      1. 1.(1) This paragraph applies to any obligation, not being part...

      2. 2.(1) This paragraph applies to any obligation to repay the...

      3. 3.(1) This paragraph applies to any obligation under a contract...

      4. 4.(1) This paragraph applies to any obligation—

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Rights and Obligations which are Imprescriptible for the Purposes of Sections 7 and 8 and Schedule 1

      1. The following are imprescriptible rights and obligations for the purposes...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      ENACTMENTS AMENDED

      1. PART I AMENDMENT TAKING EFFECT ON EXPIRATION OF THREE YEARS FROM PASSING OF THIS ACT

        1. The Limitation (Enemies and War Prisoners) Act 1945 (8 & 9 Geo. 6 c. 16)

          1. In subsection (1) of section 1, as substituted for Scotland...

      2. PART II AMENDMENTS TAKING EFFECT ON PASSING OF THIS ACT

        1. . . .

        2. The Carriage by Air Act 1961 (9 & 10 Eliz. 2. c. 27)

          1. In section 11(c), for the words “section six of the...

        3. The Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1971 (1971 c. 43)

          1. In section 4(2), for the words “section 6 of the...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      REPEALS

      1. PART I REPEALS COMING INTO FORCE ON EXPIRATION OF THREE YEARS FROM PASSING OF THIS ACT

      2. PART II REPEALS COMING INTO FORCE ON PASSING OF THIS ACT

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