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Sanctions in the Church » Delicts and Penalties in General » The Cessation of Penalties
Canon 1362. §1. Prescription extinguishes a criminal action after three years unless it concerns:

1. delicts reserved to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith;

2. an action arising from the delicts mentioned in cann. 1394, 1395, 1397, and 1398, which have a prescription of five years;

3. delicts which are not punished in the common law if particular law has established another period for prescription.

§2. Prescription runs from the day on which the delict was committed or, if the delict is continuous or habitual, from the day on which it ceased.
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