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§5.07 Tort Law—Actions Against Public Entities

 
Lesson 5: Tort & Contract Law

A party who wants to file a small claims action against a public entity must first file the claim with the public entity. [GC §945.4.] For example, a claim for personal injury or property damage must be presented no later than six months after the action accrued. A claim for any other cause of action must be presented no later than one year after accrual. [GC §911.2(a).] If the claim is denied, the court case must be commenced within six months of the notice of denial. [GC §945.6(a)(1).] If the claim is deemed denied by the public entity's inaction [see GC §912.4(c)], the court case must be commenced within two years from when the cause of action accrued. [GC §945.6(a)(2).]

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