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UK OKs legal claim served via Facebook

2012-02-21 22:07

London - Legal authorities say a judge at England's High Court has allowed lawyers to log on to Facebook to serve legal claims.

The Judicial Office for England and Wales said on Tuesday that Justice Nigel Teare had agreed to the use of the popular social networking site to serve a claim in a commercial dispute.

Lawyers had been seeking a former employee embroiled in the dispute and successfully applied for permission to notify him via Facebook in a hearing last Friday.

The office had few other details of the case, but said it is thought to be the first time lawyers had sought to use Facebook in this manner.

Ordinarily British legal claims are served in hard copy, although unconventional means are occasionally employed if the people involved are hard to pin down.

Comments
  • Thando - 2012-02-22 07:03

    Not so long ago I started thinking that this Facebook is gaining not only popularity but power as well. I thought it is possible that it could be used as an election voting system. Voila! Now you can serve notice on it.

      TSR01 - 2012-02-22 10:04

      Unfortunately, however, false profiles could hamper this process, and invalidate their efforts - not to mention the fact that not everyone has a Facebook account. I wonder if they send legal notices by e-mail, then it gets marked as spam? :)

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-22 11:30

    The burden of proof of delivery still remains. Facebook is becoming a government tool of control, thank goodness I have never taken to social networking still preferring to conduct my relationships face to face.

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