Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations for a habeas petition is set forth in General Statutes § 52-470(c)(d)(e)(f). If a claim in the petition appears to be time-barred, the respondent can act. So, in its return, the respondent may seek dismissal of the claim pursuant to Practice Book §§ 23-24(a)(1), 23 -29(1)(5), 23-30(b), 23-34 and/or 23-37.
In reply, see Practice Book §§ 23-31 and 23- 35(c), habeas counsel should deny the allegation if good cause exists for the late filing, see General Statutes § 52 -470(c)(d)(e); if the filing occurred before October 1, 2012, the effective date of the statute of limitations provision see General Statutes § 52-470; or if the statute of limitations does not apply because the claim concerns a death sentence, actual innocence or a condition of confinement. See General Statutes § 52-470(f). Habeas counsel should also explore, and if appropriate plead, any lack of advice that petitioner received from prior counsel on the statute of limitations.
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