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Vigilantibus non dormantibus jura subvenient

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Vigilantibus non dormantibus jura subvenient is a legal maxim related to Law of Limitation.


The Law helps those who are vigilant and not those who sleep over their rights


The exhaustive Law of Limitation does not create a right. It just bars the remedy and prohibits revival of barred rights. The Section 23 of Indian Contract Act, 1872 prohibits parties from contesting override statutory provisions as to limitation.

An important thing to remember here is that Justice, Equity and good conscience do not override the Law of Limitation.

Related Cases / Case Laws

  • Municipal Corporation, Ahmednagar and another vs Shah Hyder Beig and other (2000) 2 SCC 48
  • Ajit Chopra vs Sadhu Ram and others (2000) 1 SCC 114

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