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.
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.
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
if you have any questions.