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33. The Committee suggested that it would only be in the most exceptional cases that a claimant could be justified in delaying bringing an action for more than a year. It took the view that the court should, for example, be sympathetic if the delay was caused by a genuine inhibition from suing, and that a judicial discretion to extend the period would be the answer for the very few claims that, with justification, were not started within a year. However, the Committee could not have anticipated the rapid advances in technology that have created the need for this consultation. With the advent of the internet, it is no longer accurate to say that most publications are ephemeral, as virtually any material is immediately and easily accessible for a potentially unlimited period. It is also no longer the case that storage is limited now that information can be easily stored on small disks, or indeed, online.

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