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Hearing by Phone

You must respond to your Summons. If you wish to fight a summons, you must do so on or before the hearing date listed on the summons. If you do not appear for a hearing in person, online, by mail, by phone or by video (webcam), you will be found "in violation" of the charge by default and you may have to pay a higher fine.

What is a Hearing by Phone?

A Hearing by Phone allows you to fight the summons by telling a Hearing Officer over the phone why you think the charges on a summons should be dismissed. You will have the opportunity to email documents to OATH during your Hearing by Phone to support your case. For example:

  • If you are fighting the summons because you did not own the property on the date the summons was issued, you may want to submit a copy of the deed.
  • If the person named on the summons was deceased on the date the summons was issued, you may want to submit a copy of the death certificate.
  • If you are fighting the summons because you did not own the vehicle on the date the summons was issued, you may want to submit a copy of the sale records.

Am I Allowed to Have a Hearing by Phone?

Not all summonses are eligible for a Hearing by Phone. Enter the violation code on your summons below to learn if you are allowed to have a Hearing by Phone. Get help finding your code

All summonses that are issued for a violation of the NYC Health Code (for example, restaurant, rodent and pest control, day care, swimming pool, radiation and nuisance cases) are eligible for a Hearing by Phone even if the violation code you enter below is not found.

For all other summonses, if your violation code is not found below, you must appear in person.

How do I request a Hearing by Phone?

You can send the OATH Hearings Division a request for a Hearing by Phone by using a simple online form. The form must be submitted to OATH before the scheduled hearing date. OATH will then call you to schedule the Hearing by Phone.

Or

You can call OATH Hearings Division's Remote Hearings Unit to schedule your Hearing by Phone. Please call 212-436-0777 before the scheduled hearing date.

Can I have my Hearing by Phone in a language other than English?

Yes. If you feel more comfortable making your case in a language other than English, OATH will provide translation services immediately and free of charge.

If I have a Hearing by Phone, can I opt for Community Service if I am found to be "in violation"?

You will not have the option of community service. If you choose to have a Hearing by Phone and you are found to be "in violation" a monetary penalty will be imposed.

Not all summonses allow for the option of community service.