|Act of Parliament|
|Long title||An Acte for lymytacion of Accions, and for avoyding of Suites in Lawe.|
|Citation||21 Jas 1 c 16|
|Repealed by||Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1986|
The Limitation Act 1623 (21 Jas 1 c 16), sometimes called the Statute of Limitations 1623, was an Act of the Parliament of England.
The whole Act was repealed by section 1(1) of, and Group 5 of Part I of Schedule 1 to, the Statute Law (Repeals) Act 1986.
These sections were repealed by section 1 of, and the Schedule to, the Statute Law Revision Act 1863. 
The Limitation Act 1623 was amended by the Administration of Justice Act 1705 (4 & 5 Anne c 3), the Statute of Frauds Amendment Act 1828 (9 Geo 4 c 14) and the Mercantile Law Amendment Act 1856 (19 & 20 Vict c 97). 
Period of limitation
By 1911, the period of limitation for most actions of tort and for all actions arising out of simple contract was six years from the accrual of the cause of action.  
The Limitation Act 1623  applied to all actions to all actions arising out of simple contracts and to all actions of tort at common law  except those actions for which there was a special period of limitation provided.  
Particular instances of simple contract debts
The Limitation Act 1623  also applied to the personal remedy on a simple contract debt which was charged on land, where there was no convenient way to pay;  to a simple contract debt which was recited in a deed, unless there was in the deed an express or implied contract to pay it;  to a warrant of attorney to confess judgment for the amount of a simple contract debt;  to an action for mesne profits;  to an action against the equitable assignee of leaseholds in possession, grounded on his liability to perform the covenants in the lease;  to a set-off or counterclaim;  to an action founded on a foreign judgment;  and to an Admiralty action for seamen's wages. 
Actions given by statute
An action which a statute expressly enabled to be brought, but which was not an action for a statutory debt, was within  the Limitation Act 1623. Thus, an action against a director of a company under section 84  of the Companies (Consolidation) Act 1908 (8 Edw 7 c 69) and the action referred to in section 26  of the Copyhold Act 1894 (57 & 58 Vict c 46) were, it seems, within the Limitation Act 1623, as was also a claim for indemnity under section 26 of the Land Transfer Act 1897 (60 & 61 Vict c 65)  
The Limitation Act 1623 applied to a claim against an executor personally founded on a devastavit  and to proceedings to enforce the statutory right which simple contract creditors had  against the real estate of their deceased debtors. 
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