SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AN AUSTRALIAN lawyer has served legal documents on a couple via Facebook in what is thought to be a world first, his firm said on Tuesday.
Mark McCormack used the Internet to track down the pair after they defaulted on a large loan and was given permission by the Australian courts to use the social networking site to file papers against them.
'We believe it's certainly the first time in Australia... and we haven't heard of it being done anywhere internationally,' said Archie Tsirimokos, of McCormack's firm Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers, confirming the documents were sent on Tuesday.
Mr McCormack, a Canberra lawyer with his own Facebook page, said it made sense for courts to use the site to contact people who could not otherwise be reached.
'I think the courts will continue to adopt it on a case by case basis,' he told national news agency AAP.
'They will need to assure themselves that it is reasonably likely to bring (the court's decision) to the attention of the parties concerned.'
Mr McCormack, who was acting for an institution which lent the couple more than A$100,000 dollars (S$98,419), said he had conducted the cyber search after they could not be found at their listed address.
After obtaining a default judgment in the couple's absence, he successfully argued that he should be allowed to serve it to them via Facebook.
The Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court accepted that the document was going to the right people because the couple's Facebook accounts included their names, dates of birth and listed each other as 'friends'.
The court also granted him permission to send them emails and leave the court papers at their last known address.
Earlier this year an Australian court allowed lawyers to serve rugby player Sonny Bill Williams with a subpoena via SMS text message after he broke his contract with an Australian team and defected to a French club. -- AFP