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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.