California Code of Civil Procedure Section 340(3) - Interpretation
In California, the statute of limitations for personal injuries is set forth in Code of Civil Procedure section 340, subdivision (3), which provides for a one-year statute of limitations.
This one-year statute of limitations period is applicable to section 1983 actions brought in California. (Taylor v. Regents of University of California (9th Cir. 1993) 993 F.2d 710, 711-712, cert. den. (1994) 510 U.S. 1076.)
For actions brought against public entities under section 1983, the statute of limitations applicable to section 1983 actions brought against private parties is used.
The statute of limitations to be applied to such actions brought in state court is the limitations period for ordinary personal injury actions. ( Owens v. Okure (1989) 488 U.S. 235, 249-250.)