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Singapore Considers Using Facebook to Improve Civil Litigation

The Singapore High Court may allow lawyers to exchange documents on social media sites like Facebook Inc.’s or use them to inform litigants of civil judgments and filings.

The proposals are part of a consultation paper the court is circulating for public comment.

Singapore’s proposal of using social media to complement traditional steps in the litigation process comes after courts in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand have allowed Facebook and Twitter Inc. to be used to deliver some documents. The rising popularity of social media also prompted the study, according to a consultation paper on the Singapore High Court’s website.

The use of social media “is a phenomenon that has become virtually impossible to ignore,” the Singapore court said in the paper. “Given that other jurisdictions have used social media effectively for substituted service of documents, there is no reason why we should not consider doing so.”

The Southeast Asian city, which has already consulted the law society, is seeking comments from the public until Sept. 15.

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