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What is the limitation period for online harassment cases?
Although there are strict time limits set by law when it comes to issuing court proceedings under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, where the claim must be filed within 6 years of the harassing act, an important consideration for anyone who is being harassed, particularly online, is to act expeditiously and without delay. Usually, in order to be able to obtain an injunction for harassment you will need to convince the court that the harassment is recent. Another point, more specific to online harassment and limitation is that harassment on a website is arguably occurring each day all over again regardless of when it was posted first because each day the harassing website is published represents a new harassment event to the victim causing the victim alarm or distress. The limitation period in harassment cases requires detailed consideration in relation to each and every case. Therefore, we advise that you speak to a specialist harassment lawyer about the limitation period which might apply to your case.