In all cases, the particular circumstances will govern. It is recognized that long delay of itself gives rise to an inference of prejudice. The strength of the inference depends, again, on all the circumstances. The intervention of a limitation period is another circumstance to be considered in exercising discretion and renewal may well be granted after the expiry of limitation: Moffat v. Rawding, supra, at p. 898. The significance of the expiration of the limitation period is to alert the court that the case is likely to be one in which the delay may have resulted in prejudice to the defendant: Simpson, supra, p. 332…..
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