The year and a day rule has been dying aout all over. The reason given is usually that modern medicine is so good that things which would have killed someone within the time limit don't always kill so fast.
"The year and a day rule has been dying out all over."As are criminal statutes of limitations, especially where DNA evidence is available.
Was the original reason for the year and a day rule that after such a long time, the causation chain was inevitably too tenuous for proof beyond a reasonable doubt? After all, in the 19th century and earlier it wasn't all that uncommon to hear that a young person you had last seen healthy and uninjured was dead within a year or two. Also, medical science was pretty primitive. Both these factors have changed, particularly the quality of the science.
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