Published on February 22nd, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
Facebook Sufficient For Legal Claims Service, UK Judge Finds
It’s a brave new world, people- one in which you can be served with papers alongside your CastleVille notifications and 80,000 shares of the “what people think I do” meme.
A judge in Britain has ruled on the subject of serving legal papers via Facebook, and it’s not even the first ruling of its kind regarding social networks and service of papers. Using Facebook for the process is already established in Australia and New Zealand, and it has already been deemed kosher in the UK to use Twitter to do it as well. One of the lawyers on the precedent-setting case, Jenni Jenkins, opined that the progression from Twitter to Facebook for legal service was a fairly predictable one:
“It’s a fairly natural progression. A High Court judges has already ruled that an injunction can be served via Twitter, so it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from that to allow claims to be served via Facebook.”
Facebook had been approved in a previous court case in 2009 as a method to serve legal claims, but only at the county court level.