[First Reprint]

ASSEMBLY, No. 3929







Sponsored by:


District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)


District 31 (Hudson)

Assemblywoman  AMY H. HANDLIN

District 13 (Middlesex and Monmouth)






     Requires certain civil actions against certain licensed persons to be brought within two years.



     As reported by the Assembly Regulated Professions Committee on December 8, 2011, with amendments.


An Act concerning limitations of civil actions and amending N.J.S.2A:14-1.


     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


     1.    N.J.S.2A:14-1 is amended to read as follows:

     2A:14-1.  a. Every action at law for trespass to real property, for any tortious injury to real or personal property, for taking, detaining, or converting personal property, for replevin of goods or chattels, for any tortious injury to the rights of another not stated in [sections] N.J.S. 2A:14-2 and N.J.S. 2A:14-3 [of this Title], or for recovery upon a contractual claim or liability, express or implied, not under seal, or upon an account other than one which concerns the trade or merchandise between merchant and merchant, their factors, agents and servants, shall be commenced within 6 years next after the cause of any such action shall  have accrued.

     This section shall not apply to any action for breach of any contract for sale governed by [section] N.J.S.12A:2-725 [of the New Jersey Statutes] or to any action for professional malpractice against any of the persons listed in paragraph (1) or paragraph (2) of subsection b. of this section.

     b.    An action for professional malpractice against any of the following persons shall be commenced within two years next after the cause of the action shall have accrued:

     (1)   Any person or entity who is licensed as:

     (a)   an accountant pursuant to P.L.1997, c.259 (C.45:2B-42 et seq.);

     (b)   an architect pursuant to R.S.45:3-1 et seq.;

     (c)   an attorney admitted to practice law in New Jersey;

     (d)   a dentist pursuant to R.S.45:6-1 et seq.;

     (e)   an engineer pursuant to P.L.1938, c.342 (C.45:8-27 et seq.);

     (f)    a physician in the practice of medicine or surgery pursuant to R.S.45:9-1 et seq.;

     (g)   a podiatrist pursuant to R.S.45:5-1 et seq.;

     (h)   a chiropractor pursuant to P.L.1989, c.153 (C.45:9-41.17 et seq.);

     (i)    a registered professional nurse pursuant to P.L.1947, c.262 (C.45:11-23 et seq.) or an advanced practice nurse pursuant to P.L.1991, c.377 (C.45:11-45 et seq.);

     (j)    a health care facility as defined in section 2 of P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-2);

     (k)   a physical therapist pursuant to P.L.1983, c.296 (C.45:9-37.11 et seq.);

     (l)    a land surveyor pursuant to P.L.1938, c.342 (C.45:8-27 et seq.);

     (m)  a registered pharmacist pursuant to P.L.2003, c.280 (C.45:14-40 et seq.);

     (n)   a veterinarian pursuant to R.S.45:16-1 et seq.;

     (o)   an insurance producer pursuant to P.L.2001, c.210 (C.17:22A-26 et seq.);

     (p)   a certified midwife, certified professional midwife, or certified nurse midwife  pursuant to R.S.45:10-1 et seq.; or

     1(q) any pharmacy practice site pursuant to P.L.2003, c.280 (C.45:14-40 et seq.); or1

     (2)   any contractor, subcontractor or owner as defined in P.L.1993, c.318 (C.2A:44A-2).

     (3)   Attorneys’ fees shall not be awarded in any action subject to the limitations period in this subsection, except where authorized by statute or the New Jersey Rules of Court.

(cf: P.L.1961, c.121, s.1)


     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.