Lawyers that are working for WongPartnership were able to serve documents to the involved persona Mr. Chris Au last August 12 but they did not see him in person to do this. In a more modern setting, they sent the papers to Mr. Au through e-mail as well as social media platform Facebook.
This is said to be the first time that it has occurred ever since the High Court decided on March this year that court papers can be legally served by using online platforms such as Skype, Facebook as well as Internet message boards.
According to Zhuang Wenxiong, the assistant in the High Court, she was the one who gave the approval for the application of the papers to be served to the defendant who is currently in Australia because of involvement in a copyright lawsuit.
Traditionally, court documents must be served to the person involved in the case through another individual called process server. They are the ones that physically deliver the court papers to the intended party.
According to statement from the lawyers, the new ruling aids the court by being able to keep up with the latest innovation in technology thus resulting to a faster as well as cost-effective method of service.
Based on the judgment grounds that were published last May, Zhuang, the assistant registrar noted that if the new service which will be used as an alternative for the traditional method has proven to be efficient in delivering the notice required before the time set, the court must be approve such application to use alternative service by other methods aside from email.
In the most recent case, an application was made by the lawyers working for WongPartnership so they can serve the court notice to Mr. Au since they were not able to reach him personally.
Cheah Yew Kuin, an IP lawyer working for Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow said in a statement that online services such as social media platforms and email are just one of the many tools that can be used in order to notify the defendant regarding the lawsuit. This is an efficient alternative for a process server in case the defendant cannot be reached physically.