- Commenced on 7 May 1959
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
Part I – Interpretation
Part II – Periods of limitation for different classes of actions
2. Part II to be subject to provisions of Part III relating to disability, acknowledgment, fraud, etc.The provisions of this Part of this Act shall have effect subject to the provisions of Part III of this Act, which provide for the extension of the periods of limitation in the case of disability, acknowledgment, part payment, fraud and mistake.
Actions of contract and tort and certain other actions
3. Limitation of actions of contract and tort and certain other actions
4. Limitation in case of successive conversions and extinction of title of owner of converted goods
Actions to recover land and rents
5. Limitation of actions to recover landNo action shall be brought by any person to recover any land after the expiration of twelve years from the date on which the right of action accrued to him or her or, if it first accrued to some person through whom he or she claims, to that person.
6. Accrual of right of action in case of present interests in land
7. Accrual of right of action in case of future interests
8. Provisions in case of settled land and land held on trust
9. Accrual of right of action in case of forfeiture or breach of conditionA right of action to recover land by virtue of a forfeiture or breach of condition shall be deemed to have accrued on the date on which the forfeiture was incurred or the condition broken; but if such a right has accrued to a person entitled to an estate or interest in reversion or remainder and the land was not recovered by virtue thereof, the right of action to recover the land shall not be deemed to have accrued to that person until his or her estate or interest fell into possession, as if no such forfeiture or breach of condition has occurred.
10. Accrual of right of action in case of certain tenancies
11. Right of action not to accrue or continue unless there is adverse possession
12. Cure of defective disentailing assuranceWhere a person entitled in remainder to an entailed interest in any land has made an assurance thereof which fails to bar the issue in tail or the estates and interests taking effect on the determination of the entailed interest, or fails to bar the last-mentioned estates and interests only, and any person takes possession of the land by virtue of the assurance, and that person or any other person (other than a person entitled to possession by virtue of the settlement) is in possession of the land for twelve years from the commencement of the time at which the assurance, if it had then been executed by the person entitled to the entailed interest, would have operated, without the consent of any other person, to bar the issue in tail or the estates and interests taking effect on the determination of the entailed interest, then, at the expiration of that period, the assurance shall operate, and be deemed always to have operated, to bar the issue in tail and those estates and interests.
13. Limitation of redemption actionsWhen a mortgagee of land has been in possession of any of the mortgaged land for twelve years, no action to redeem the land of which the mortgagee has been so in possession shall thereafter be brought by the mortgagor or any person claiming through him or her.
14. No right of action to be preserved by formal entry or continual claimFor the purposes of this Act, no person shall be deemed to have been in possession of any land by reason only of having made a formal entry on the land, and no continual or other claim upon or near any land shall preserve any right of action to recover the land.
15. Administration to date back to deathFor the purposes of the provisions of this Act relating to actions for the recovery of land, an administrator of the estate of a deceased person shall be deemed to claim as if there had been no interval of time between the death of the deceased person and the grant of the letters of administration.
16. Extinction of title after expiration of periodSubject to sections 8 and 29 of this Act and subject to the other provisions thereof, at the expiration of the period prescribed by this Act for any person to bring an action to recover land (including a redemption action), the title of that person to the land shall be extinguished.
17. Limitation of action to recover rentNo action shall be brought, or distress made, to recover arrears of rent or damages in respect of those arrears after the expiration of six years from the date on which the arrears became due.
Actions to recover money secured by a mortgage or charge or to recover proceeds of the sale of land
18. Limitation of actions to recover money secured by a mortgage or charge or to recover proceeds of the sale of land
Actions in respect of trust property or the personal estate of deceased persons
19. Limitation of actions in respect of trust property
20. Limitation of actions claiming personal estate of a deceased personSubject to section 19(1), no action in respect of any claim to the personal estate of a deceased person or to any share or interest in such estate, whether under a will or on intestacy, shall be brought after the expiration of twelve years from the date when the right to receive the share or interest accrued, and no action to recover arrears of interest in respect of any legacy or damages in respect of those arrears shall be brought after the expiration of six years from the date on which the interest became due.
Part III – Extension of limitation periods in case of disability, acknowledgment, part payment, fraud and mistake
21. Extension of limitation period in case of disability
Acknowledgment and part payment
22. Fresh accrual of action on acknowledgment or part payment
23. Formal provisions as to acknowledgments and part payments
24. Effect of acknowledgment or part payment on persons other than the maker or recipient
Fraud and mistake
25. Postponement of limitation period in case of fraud or mistakeWhere, in the case of any action for which a period of limitation is prescribed by this Act, either—
Part IV – General
26. Application of Act and other limitation enactments to arbitrations
27. Provisions as to setoff or counterclaimFor the purposes of this Act, any claim by way of setoff or counterclaim shall be deemed to be a separate action and to have been commenced on the same date as the action in which the setoff or counterclaim is pleaded.
28. AcquiescenceNothing in this Act shall affect any equitable jurisdiction to refuse relief on the ground of acquiescence or otherwise.
29. Application of Act to registered landWithout prejudice to the operation of section 187 of the Registration of Titles Act, (which contains certain provisions relating to the limitation of actions), this Act shall apply to land registered under the Registration of Titles Act in the same manner and to the same extent as it applies to land not so registered, except that where, if the land were not registered, the estate of the person registered as proprietor would be extinguished, that estate shall not be extinguished but shall be deemed to be held by the person registered as proprietor for the time being in trust for the person who, by virtue of this Act, has acquired title against any person registered as proprietor, but without prejudice to the estates and interests of any other person interested in the land whose estate or interest is not extinguished by this Act.
30. Application of Act to proceedings by or against the GovernmentSubject to section 31 and the other provisions of this Act, this Act shall apply to proceedings by or against the Government as they apply to proceedings between private persons.
31. Miscellaneous savingsNothing in this Act shall—
32. Saving for other limitation enactmentsThis Act shall not apply to any action or arbitration for which a period of limitation is prescribed by any other enactment, or to any action or arbitration to which the Government is a party and for which, if it were between private persons, a period of limitation would be prescribed by any other enactment.
History of this document
07 May 1959