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Published on February 22nd, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria


Facebook Sufficient For Legal Claims Service, UK Judge Finds

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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.



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Kim LaCapria is a writer and editor based in New York. A longtime information junkie, she began blogging full-time at the Inquisitr in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing assistant in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In addition to her writing for fortytwotimes, she also writes for Medacity and The Inquisitr. Kim is also a contributor for SocialNewsDaily, Indyposted, and TotallyMoney. In the past, she contributed to Lipstick and Luxury and managed social media accounts and blogs for several small and mid-sized businesses.

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