Tolling Period Law and Legal Definition

A statute of limitations sets forth the maximum time after an event that legal proceedings based on that event may be initiated. Once the time allowed for a case by a statute of limitations runs out, any further litigation is foreclosed. However, limitations are tolled under certain circumstances. Tolling will prevent the time for filing suit from running while the condition exists. This is the tolling period. For example, if the aggrieved party (plaintiff) is a minor the running of limitations is tolled until the minor attains majority. There may be a number of factors that will affect the tolling of a statute of limitations. In many cases, the discovery of the harm starts the statute running.