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» Posted on: 21 May 2012

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The traditional way to serve a Claim Form on a defendant is by first class post, fax or personal service. The High Court has now ruled that legal claims can be served via Facebook. To serve by this method Claimants will have to apply to the Court and ask the Court to authorise service by “an alternative method” or “at an alternative place” for example via Facebook because there is “a good reason” to do so.

This means that where it is proving difficult to serve a Defendant, there is another option open for Claimants. A Claimant’s application will have to be supported by evidence to satisfy the Court, but suing via Facebook is likely to become more common.

What do I need to know?
If you are a Claimant having difficulty suing a potential Defendant, Taylors Litigation Team may be able to help you. Suing the Defendant via Facebook may be an option open to you. You should also be aware that if you or your company has a Facebook page, you could be served with legal proceedings via Facebook or another social networking website. In reality, service of court proceedings by this method will be rare, but is likely to increase in the future. Checking your Facebook account regularly, at least every 10 days would be sensible. Please contact the Taylors Litigation Team on 01254 297900 or email charlotte.barron@taylors.co.uk if you have any questions.

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