The Child Victims Act – What it Means for You

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With New York’s recent enactment of the Child Victims Act, the legal landscape surrounding claims of sexual abuse in the civil and criminal contexts has been substantially changed. In this alert, we explore a few of the major aspects of the Child Victims Act

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C H I L D S E X U A L A B U S E A T T O R N E Y Book an Appointment For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with our experiencedsexual Abuse Attorneys. www.lawyertime.com The Child Victims Act – What it Means for You The Child Victims Act which was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed by Governor Cuomo on February 14 2019 amends a number of laws including the Criminal Procedure Law the Civil Practice Law and Rules the General Municipal Law the Education Law the Court of Claims Act and the Judiciary Law. Specifically this act will: Extend the statute of limitations in the criminal prosecution of sexual offenses committed against children to begin at age 23 Extend the statute of limitations in civil actions relating to sexual offenses committed against children until the victim reaches age 55 Revive civil actions otherwise barred by the existing statute of limitations for a one year period and grant trial preference to civil actions relating to sexual offenses committed against children Eliminate the requirement to file a notice of claim or notice of intention to file a claim for civil actions relating to sexual offenses committed against children and Require judicial training on sexual offenses committed against children. Under the criminal procedure law the statute of limitations for sexual offenses committed against a child now begins to run when the child reaches the age of twenty-three 23 or the offense is reported to a law enforcement agency or statewide central register for child abuse and maltreatment whichever occurs earlier. Previously the statute of limitations began when the child reached the age of eighteen 18 not twenty-three 23.

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