Statute of Limitations 1957

Person under a disability.


48.(1) For the purposes of this Act, a person shall be under a disability while—

(a) he is an infant, or

(b) he is of unsound mind, F22[]

(c) F22[]

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1) of this section but without prejudice to the generality thereof, a person shall be conclusively presumed to be of unsound mind while he is detained in pursuance of any enactment authorising the detention of persons of unsound mind or criminal lunatics.




Repealed (23.07.1997) by Criminal Law Act 1997 (14/1997), s. 16 and sch. 3, commenced as per s. 1.

Modifications (not altering text):


Application of section modified (1.03.1985) by Age of Majority Act 1985 (2/1985), s. 2, commenced as per s. 9(2), subject to the transitional provisions in s. 7(1) and sch. para. 6.

Reduction of age of majority.

2.(1) Where a person has not attained the age of twenty-one years prior to the commencement of this Act, he shall, subject to section 4, attain full age—

(a) on such commencement if he has attained the age of eighteen years or is or has been married, or

(b) after such commencement when he attains the age of eighteen years or, in case he marries before attaining that age, upon his marriage.