A County Court in Tunbridge Wells is the latest Court to allow a service of documents through social media after a debtor failed to engage with proceedings. Established legal cases have shown that a Court will consider alternative ways of service and will allow service via social media if the applicant can produce evidence that his attempts to effect service via the traditional means have failed and that an Order allowing service via a 'post' or a 'tweet' will be effective in bringing the communication to the debtor's attention.
This is not the first time social media has been used in a bankruptcy case. In March 2011, the Hastings County Court reportedly granted permission for a court order to be served on a defendant via Facebook. Solicitor Hilary Thorpe attempted to serve an order for a debtor to attend court for questioning but without success. Using a case in the Australian Supreme Court, she persuaded the UK court that service via Facebook would be an appropriate alternative as the defendant was a frequent visitor to the site. In February 2012, it was reported that the High Court had permitted alternative service of a claim form via Facebook for the time.