Court papers served over Facebook

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Court papers served over Facebook

Rebecca Thomson

Lawyers in Australia have served court papers to a couple via Facebook.

Despite several attempts to get in touch with the couple, lawyers had no luck and were allowed to serve the court papers via the social networking site

A judge in Australia's supreme court allowed lawyers from the Canberra-based firm Meyer Vandenburg to serve the papers via the site, after being satisfied that the profiles the lawyers had found did belong to the defendants in question.

The firm said in a statement, "We couldn't find the defendants personally after many attempts so we thought we would try and find them on Facebook.

"The Facebook profiles showed the defendants dates of birth, e-mail addresses and friend lists and the co-defendants were friends with one another. This information was enough to satisfy the court that Facebook was a sufficient method of communicating with the defendants."

A default judgement was served, which is given to someone if they do not appear in court. It is the plaintiff's responsibility to personally deliver or mail the document, which can be a difficult task, the lawyers said, if the defendant is not easily located.

Courts have previously allowed judgements to be served via e-mail and text.


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