Thursday, September 24, 2009

Alberta Court Allows Substituted Service By Facebook

Via Slaw's Shaunna Mireau:

The February 5, 2009 Order of Master Breitkreuz from Knott v. Sutherland says that the plaintiffs could substitutionally serve one of the multiple defendants by publication of a notice in the newspaper, by forwarding a copy of the statement of claim to the human resources department where the defendant (formerly) worked, and also by sending notice of the action to the Facebook profile of the defendant.

Precedent for service in civil matters via Facebook exists from Australia and New Zealand, but I am not aware of this being ordered previously in Alberta.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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