Action of contract and tort and certain other actions
—(1) Subject to this Act, the following actions shall not be brought after the expiration of 6 years from the date on which the cause of action accrued:
actions founded on a contract or on tort;
actions to enforce a recognizance;
actions to enforce an award;
actions to recover any sum recoverable by virtue of any written law other than a penalty or forfeiture or sum by way of penalty or forfeiture.
(2) An action for an account shall not be brought in respect of any matter which arose more than 6 years before the commencement of the action.
(3) An action upon any judgment shall not be brought after the expiration of 12 years from the date on which the judgment became enforceable and no arrears of interest in respect of any judgment debt shall be recovered after the expiration of 6 years from the date on which the interest became due.
(4) An action to recover any penalty or forfeiture or sum by way of penalty or forfeiture recoverable by virtue of any Act or other written law shall not be brought after the expiration of one year from the date on which the cause of action accrued.
(5) For the purposes of subsection (4), “penalty” shall not include a fine to which a person is liable on conviction for a criminal offence.
(6) Nothing in this section shall apply to —
any cause of action within the admiralty jurisdiction of the High Court which is enforceable in rem other than an action to recover the wages of seamen; or
any action to recover money secured by any mortgage of or charge on land or personal property.
—(1) Where any cause of action in respect of the conversion or wrongful detention of a chattel has accrued to any person and before he recovers possession of the chattel, a further conversion or wrongful detention takes place, no action shall be brought in respect of the further conversion or detention after the expiration of 6 years from the accrual of the cause of action in respect of the original conversion or detention.
(2) Where any such cause of action has accrued to any person and the period prescribed for bringing that action and for bringing any action in respect of such a further conversion or wrongful detention under subsection (1) has expired and he has not during that period recovered possession of the chattel, the title of that person to the chattel shall be extinguished.
8. An action —
to set aside a sale in pursuance of the order of a collector or other officer of revenue;
to set aside a sale for arrears of Government revenue or for any demand recoverable as such arrears;
to set aside any attachment, lease or transfer of immovable property by the revenue authorities for arrears of Government revenue;
against the Government to recover money paid under protest in satisfaction of a claim made by the revenue authorities on account of arrears of revenue or on account of demands recoverable as such arrears,
shall not be brought after the expiration of one year from the date on which the sale was confirmed or would otherwise have become final or conclusive had no such action been brought or when the attachment ceased or when the lease, transfer or payment was made, as the case may be.