Is there a time limit on when sexual offences can be brought to court?

The vast majority of sexual offences have no time limit on when charges can be brought. This is evidenced by the large number of cases currently before the courts concerning allegations of a historic nature. When a significant amount of time has elapsed since an incident is said to have taken place, this can cause difficulties in bringing the case to court. However, it does not prevent the case been brought. The prosecution are entitled to bring such charges if they believe that there is a realistic prospect of conviction, and a prosecution is in the public interest.