22 March 2011

Serving documents via Facebook and email

A County Court has given permission for one of its orders to be served through Facebook [1]. Even the law is trying to keep up with the social media revolution! The courts have a wide discretion to allow service by alternative means likely to come the attention of a defendant. There has been a previous instance of service of a High Court injunction on an anonymous defendant via Twitter.
Many contracts specifically exclude the use of email for service of notices, and I am not convinced it is the right approach. Everyone in business uses email, including for important communications, and the risk of someone being caught out by failing to serve a notice by post exceeds the risk of an email notice not being received.

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