16 Dec 2008

Lawyer to serve notice via Facebook

3:32 pm on 16 December 2008

An Australian lawyer has won the right to serve legal documents on two defendants via the social networking website Facebook.

In what he believes is a world first, Mark McCormack used the internet to track down a couple who had defaulted on a six-figure loan and served them with a default judgment.

Mr McCormack says the ACT Supreme Court allowed him to serve the couple via Facebook as well as leaving the actual court papers at their last known address and sending emails.

He says using the popular site to contact people who flee is the logical "next step".

He is acting for a lending institution that lent the Canberra couple more than $100,000.