Time Barred Law and Legal Definition

The term ‘time-bar’ refers to a bar to a legal claim that arises from the lapse of a defined length of time. Time barred means barred by the passage of time under a statute of limitations, statute of repose, or procedural rule. Any claims or action beyond the statutory limitation period is said to be time barred.

The following is an example of a case law referring to the term:

Where a painter filed suit against a property owner who was an attorney, asserting an abuse of process claim due to the owner's having made a false witness statement that the painter committed larceny, which resulted in more than two years of criminal litigation that caused the painter expenses and severe emotional distress, but the painter had provided no evidence to counter the owner's claim that he had no role in the prosecution of the painter after he made the witness statement, the claim was time-barred where the action was brought beyond the limitations period of Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-577. [Giannamore v. Shevchuk, 2005 Conn. Super. LEXIS 3122 (Conn. Super. Ct. Nov. 15 2005).]