Author : Mark

Date : Dec 04,2022

NFTs are being used to serve digital summonses as part of the court system's adoption of blockchain technology.

A former employee and a contractor have received court summonses thanks to nonfungible token (NFT) technology from the Republic of San Marino-based RBB Lab.

Enrico Rubboli, the CEO of RBB Lab, informed Cointelegraph that the company had called the two people to appear before the Italian judiciary on charges of aggravated defamation of the company and attempted extortion. According to Rubboli, the summons was "a restriction that we are asking them to stop this campaign against us."

In Italy, a court summons had never before been delivered using an NFT. Future changes in Italy's legal system may result from the adoption of this technology.

According to the RBB team, serving a summons using the blockchain is faster than the conventional method, which can take weeks. The objective, according to Rubboli, is to streamline the procedure and increase its effectiveness.

We strive to break down barriers in everything we do as a technological company. This is an illustration of how technology may help a system that has been slow to adapt, as well as improve it. We want to use technology to find ways to make our lives better. Unfortunately, there are numerous instances of inefficiency in the legal system where much more could be done.

To create a set of tools for the legal industry, RBB Lab is collaborating with the Florence, Italy-based law firm Annetta Rossi e Associati. The objective is to develop new legal products related to blockchain technology that can be used by both lawyers and law students. Even though the project is still in its early stages, the team has made great strides.

We have a great working connection with the law firm, and they are aware of blockchain technology. Since we are an engineering company and can assist them in bringing a range of tools to market, including on-chain forensic tools and the technology to serve a court summons via the blockchain, we have opted to work with them. We are also investigating the potential for blockchain-based notarization of documents. Therefore, we'll have a way to demonstrate that the document existed at a specific time, Rubboli told Cointelegraph.

Serving judicial documents using NFTs

Contrary to popular belief, NFTs are being used more frequently to deliver court documents. In fact, NFTs have been approved for use in serving summonses in the context of legal disputes by two courts in the United Kingdom and the United States, potentially opening the door for more widespread use.

The number of court cases associated with NFTs has significantly increased over the past several years as more and more people have started utilizing NFTs. One of the most recent ones was the use of an NFT by a law company to deliver a temporary restraining order to the defendant.

Another instance was a business that, in an unusual move, served a defendant with an NFT as proof in a $8 million hacking case.

It is obvious that this new technology has been acknowledged and is being used in the legal community since attorneys have begun to embrace NFTs as a valid type of assistance in legal cases, regardless of the jurisdiction.

The traditional method of serving court papers has involved personal delivery, but with the advent of blockchain technology, there is now a chance to investigate a more cutting-edge strategy. This might potentially change the way court papers are served in the future, which could have a significant impact on both individuals and businesses.

When questioned about why they chose to send the summons using an NFT, Rubboli responded:

"Delivering a summons using conventional methods can be challenging. The summons should be distributed and delivered as quickly and effectively as possible."