nullum tempus occurrit reipublicae (n<<schwa>>l-<<schwa>>m tem-p<<schwa>>s << schwa>>-k<<schwa>>r-it ree-I-p<<schwa>>b-l<<schwa>>-see), n.[Latin “no time runs against the state”] The principle that a statute of limitations does not apply to a commonwealth or state unless a statute specifically provides that it does. • The purpose of the rule is to fully protect public rights and property from injury. [Cases: Limitation of Actions 11. C.J.S. Limitations of Actions §17.]

[Blacks Law 8th]