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Important new case on service in public children law proceedings

Holman J’s new judgment makes clear that, in the “modern era”, Facebook may well prove a means of effectively serving parties to public children law applications. The case in question concerned an application for an adoption order. But, its application is not necessarily confined to that.

One for solicitors everywhere to bear in mind when service becomes an issue!

See the link to the case on Bailii:

The key paragraph is [21]:

“So I do wish to highlight by this short judgment that, in the modern era, Facebook may well be a route to somebody such as a birth parent whose whereabouts are unknown and who requires to be served with notice of adoption proceedings. I do not for one moment suggest that Facebook should be the first method used, but it does seem to be a useful tool in the armoury which can certainly be resorted to long before a conclusion is reached that it is impossible to locate the whereabouts of a birth parent. Of course, not everyone is on Facebook but, in this particular case, a relatively socially disadvantaged young mother in [X] has been found very rapidly by that means.”

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