Ozzie couple served with legal papers via Facebook

Lawyers in Australia expect the internet social network site Facebook to become a new way of tracking down defendants after a landmark court ruling, reports Reuters .

The Supreme Court in Australia's capital Canberra has ruled that Facebook is a sufficient way of serving legal documents to defendants who cannot be found.

The case surrounded a couple who defaulted on a loan, but who couldn't be traced.

'We couldn't find the defendants personally after many attempts so we thought we would try and find them on Facebook,' lawyer Mark McCormack said.

'We did a public search based on the email address we had and the defendants Facebook page appeared.'

He said that was enough to convince the court, which found Facebook was a sufficient way of communicating legal papers when it is the plaintiff's responsibility to personally deliver documents.

Another good reason for being careful about what you put on the web.