Tolling of Statutes of Limitations Law and Legal Definition

Tolling of statutes of limitations refers to the situation when running of statutes of limitations is suspended.

The U.S. Supreme Court has established a two-part test to determine whether a petitioner is entitled to equitable tolling of the statute of limitations. Generally, a litigant seeking equitable tolling of the statute of limitations bears the burden of establishing that:

a. S/he has been pursuing his rights diligently; and

b. some extraordinary circumstance stood in his way. [Pace v. DiGuglielmo, 544 U.S. 408, 418 (U.S. 2005)].