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High Court to Serve Claim via Facebook

21 February 2012 by Alice Cullen

The High Court is to serve a claim via Facebook in what is believed to be the first time a social network has been used by an English High Court.

The case involves a $2.1m (£1.3m) claim brought by the investment manager AKO Capital LLP and AKO Capital Fund Ltd against their broker – who they have been unable to contact through traditional means.

Although not the first time the courts have used social sites – Twitter was used in 2009 to serve an injunction and last year a court order was served via Facebook – it is the first time a High Court has used the site.

Jenni Jenkins, a lawyer at Memery Crystal, the law from in the case told the Times newspaper that this is simply a sign of the times and we should the use of social media by the courts to become ‘increasingly common’.

She said: “The courts recognise the increasing power of social networking sites like Facebook. It is all very well serving proceedings at a last-known residential address, but people move house all the time. You email or Facebook account moves with you.

“If a claimant can identify the defendant from his or her photo and establish that the Facebook account is active, this is a perfectly sensible way of serving a claim and giving the defendant the opportunity to respond. This is definitely an area to watch.”