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The circumstances around the criminal side of the incident do not have any direct impact on the civil side. So regardless of whether a person has been convicted and served their punishment from a criminal aspect, the victim has the right to consider bringing civil proceedings against the perpetrator.
Saying that, civil action is subject to specific time limits under the Limitation Act 1980. Indecency, or sexual assault, is a tort claim similar to personal injury and is generally subject to a 3 year limitation period (extendable at the discretion of the courts) or 6 years if caused deliberately.
However, the House of Lords held that actions for personal injury deriving from intentional trespass to the person fell within the extendable three year limit) and that therefore courts have discretion to extend the time limit in the claimants' favour.#
This effectively means that, depending on the circumstances, a claim for damages for personal injuries caused by a sexual assault now generally has a limitation period of three years from the date when the victim first considers the injury sufficiently serious to justify proceedings, but judges have discretion to extend that period if necessary. So technically, even crimes that occurred decades ago can be pursued now in the civil courts and this has happened recently when the victims of the crimes investigated after the Jimmy Saville fiasco, such as Stuart Hall who is facing civil action even though his crimes were committed 20-30 years ago.
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