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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

First Service of a Summons Via Facebook Approved in Britain!

The attorney found it challenging to get a debtor to attend court to answer questions about their finances.  She was quoted as saying: (click link for full story)

“It is great to see that the courts are willing to embrace new technology.

Being able to use Facebook to do so will certainly assist in the case and allow our client creditor the possibility of obtaining further information to enforce the debt.”

Here we go again. This example is yet another instance where the courts have acknowledged that leveraging social media is as effective, if not more so than other alternate mean of service when a defendant is difficult to serve. By my count that makes six (6) instances internationally where a social media platform was approved to provide notice to a party to a case.

As far as I am aware it has not yet occurred in the U.S. but I suspect it is only matter of time.

If you are interested in other instances where electronic service of process has been approved by the courts please use the search feature on this blog and you will find several posts on the topic.  

For those of you on Facebook, I have created a Facebook business page titled "Service of Process Looking Forward" where you can post information and interact with others interested in addressing the challenges facing the process serving industry. 


Jeff Karotkin