While it may sound to be a rather simple task, “counting” has some rules.
Sometimes, the last day doesn’t count.
Complete this in 5 days 5 days
You have 5 days to do this 5 days
Not later than 5 days 5 days
Within 5 days 4 days
There’s a rule associated with counting and it’s set out in the Interpretation Act
Within a time
Where anything is to be done within a time after, from, of or before a specified day, the time does not include that day.
So, you have to be aware of the fact, that even though it said 5 days, it means 4 days.
This is very important for many Conditions contained in Agreements. You must be able to interpret the wording correctly.
Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker