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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:The issue presented in this case is whether the six-month period prescribed by 101.101(a) of the Texas Tort Claims Act for giving notice of a claim against a governmental unit is tolled by the claimant’s minority. The lower courts held that it is not. HOLDING:Affirmed. The plaintiffs acknowledge that the six-month notice period provided in the Texas Tort Claims Act is not tolled by any statute, and they do not argue that it violates any constitutional provision. They argue only that because it has long been established that an unemancipated child has no right to sue on her own, the general rule should be that any period for taking legal action is tolled during a person’s minority absent a statutory provision expressly to the contrary. They point to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code 16.001, which excludes from limitations periods for personal actions the time during which a person is a minor. They concede that because 16.001 expressly applies only to limitations periods contained in Chapter 16, subchapter A of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, where it is located, it cannot toll the notice period under the Tort Claims Act, which is located in Chapter 101, subchapter D of the Code. But they argue that 16.001 is an example of a statute that merely expresses the rule that would apply anyway, even without the statute. The court does not agree that the restrictions the law imposes on minors exempt them from time limits imposed by law without statutory tolling provisions. OPINION:Hecht, J., delivered the court’s opinion.

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