Any law that bars claims after a certain period of time passes after an injury. As time passes, memories fade and evidence gets more difficult to authenticate. Statutes of limitation provide necessary protection to individuals, private entities, and the government from being unfairly prosecuted or sued for an event long after it took place. As well, statute of limitations help ensure the resources of the judicial system are spent on cases with more immediate impact.
Below is a chart that provides a guide for the approximate time limits for different types of civil actions in Utah. Limits may vary from this chart, check the Utah code for the specific limit for your type of action.