South Korea to send indictments via SMS

Dec 26 2005 - 11:15 AM ET | Backpage, SMS

In another sign that SMS is becoming the preferred method of communication in many parts of the world, South Korea announced that indicted will soon be served via text messages. According to Reuters the service will be opt-in, but it still expected to save the country $158,000.

The indictments by text messages are not intended to take people by surprise. "People will receive a text message of a legal notice only after they apply for the service," he [Lee Young-pyo, administrative official] said.

The service is expected to be fully operational in 2006 and will also be used for other legal notices, such as fines and penalties.