Drones For Serving Court Papers? A Process Servers Dream Could Become Reality…
Process serving involves delivering legal papers to their intended recipient. These documents are usually an impending court notice or other papers relating to an upcoming hearing/case. Traditionally, legal documents are served by hand – a process server will physically seek out the recipient and hand them the paperwork. They will then obtain proof of delivery and report back to their law firm or other client to demonstrate that the documents have been received.
In today’s modern world, the role of a process server could change drastically – we have at our disposal a myriad different communication channels that could offer an alternative to the traditional hand-delivered approach. The following is a list of some of the exciting and unusual methods in which legal documents could be served in the future:
1. Remote controlled drones
Drones are already big business – as drone technology improves, we are seeing an increase in their availability and usage. Most people use drones for recreational purposes such as filming video footage or during their travels. In recent years, however, drones are starting to be used in business. Can you imagine controlling a drone that has a special compartment fixed onto it and within this compartment is a set of legal documents? A process server could literally fly the drone and deliver the legal documents without having to move from their place of work!
2. WhatsApp conversation
Modern instant messaging programs are much more than a chat service. Programs such as WhatsApp, Messenger and Skype allow you to send photos, files and even audio recordings. Instead of delivering a legal notice by hand, imagine simply sending a PDF version of the document via WhatsApp? Or imagine taking a photo of the documents with your phone and sending it as an attachment via Facebook Messenger? There would have to be security measures put in place obviously, but this could be another method of serving that utilises modern technology.
3. Social Media platforms
Social Media is one of the most used online platforms in today’s modern world. We have a plethora of different platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest – many people post daily to their social media feeds, share information and converse with others using social media. Process servers have these platforms at their fingertips, so why not use these prolific platforms that everyone is familiar with? You could send a private Facebook post for example to a recipient’s wall containing a link to the documents that only they could see. There is an increase in the amount of court cases that allow service of process with social media.