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Australian Supreme Court allows lawyers to post court notices on Facebook

Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court has ruled that lawyers can use Facebook to serve legally binding court documents by posting them on defendants’ profile page of the social networking site.

Carmel Rita Corbo and Gordon Kingsley Maxwell Poyser had borrowed $150,000 from MKM Capital in 2007 and later failed to keep up the repayments on the loan. MKM then applied to the courts through its lawyers for a judgment. But the couple didn’t appear in court to defend their action.

Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court has ruled that lawyers can use Facebook to serve legally binding court documents by posting them on defendants’ profile page of the social networking site.

Carmel Rita Corbo and Gordon Kingsley Maxwell Poyser had borrowed $150,000 from MKM Capital in 2007 and later failed to keep up the repayments on the loan. MKM then applied to the courts through its lawyers for a judgment. But the couple didn’t appear in court to defend their action.

After 11 failed attempts to find the couple at their home, the lawyers tried a change of tack. They convinced the court that the Facebook profiles, which showed the defendants’ dates of birth, email addresses and friend lists, were those of the borrowers who had defaulted on the loan and thus was a sufficient method of communicating with them. [Source: Economic Times]

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