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Can you serve someone citation through social media?

Can you serve someone a citation through Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform?

It is currently unlikely in the state of Texas. While most Texas counties let parties serve legal documents electronically, this is not intended to be the citation, and it must be agreed to by the other side. 

But check with your judge! If substituted service has not worked, ask your judge if you can have someone served through an alternative method. This is called alternative service. If you can show the judge that the alternative method you’ve come up with will successfully get the other party served, the judge may allow it. The bar is high to prove that social media is the best alternative method because of issues of privacy and ensuring the intended person actually received the notice. 

Social media can also be helpful to build up proof that you know where the other party is located. If you can verify that the social media account is the other party’s account, the judge may use the proof that you have to allow service to a location that is indicated on social media.