In British Columbia many legal claims are subject to a two year limitation period. Once a lawsuit is started in the BC Supreme Court a Plaintiff has a year to serve the claim on the Defendants being sued. This period, totalling potentially three years, is considered when adding new parties to an existing lawsuit as demonstrated in reasons for judgement released today by the BC Supreme Court, Vancouver Registry.
In today’s case (Jamal v. Young) the Plaintiff was involved in a series of collisions and sued for damages. The Plaintiff sought to add more parties to one of the claims beyond the expiration of the two year limitation period. The application was opposed with the Defendants arguing the passage of time and limitation period was prejudicial. The Court granted the application noting the relevant period to consider prejudice in these circumstances is three years. Master Elwood provided the following useful summary of the law: