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Hearing in Person

You can fight your summons at an in-person hearing on the date, time, and location listed on your summons. You can learn about the general hearing process by downloading the What is the OATH Hearings Division? (Spanish) (Arabic) (Bengali) (Chinese) (French-Creole) (Korean) (Russian) (Urdu)

Hearing in Person`

Your Hearing

Be sure to bring any documents or witnesses to support your case. When you arrive, check in at the reception area. Wait for your name to be called and you will be directed into a hearing room. If you brought witnesses with you, they should go with you into the hearing room. There may be a person who works for the City agency that gave you the summons in the room.

All hearings are recorded. The Hearing Officer will introduce him or herself and will explain how things will be done. If someone from the enforcement agency is present, that person will talk first. You are allowed to ask questions. When the person from the agency is finished, you will have a chance to state your case. You can ask the Hearing Officer to consider evidence or a witness's testimony. When everyone is finished, the Hearing Officer will end the hearing. If you are found guilty on any charge, the OATH Hearing Officer will impose the appropriate penalties. All penalties are set by law and no one at OATH has the ability to alter or waive a penalty amount.

There are no recording devices allowed in the hearing rooms. All cell phones must be turned off.

Translation Services

Free translation services are available at all hearings.

The Hearing Officer's Decision

Decisions are typically sent in the mail, to both sides within 30 days of the hearing. If you want your decision and you are willing to wait in the waiting room, you can ask the Hearing Officer if it is possible to get the decision on the same day of your hearing.

Hearings Divisions Locations

OATH has Hearing Division locations in all boroughs.

Manhattan

66 John Street
10th and 11th Floors
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692)
Fax: 212-361-1900
Hours:
Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm

Brooklyn

9 Bond Street
6th and 7th Floors
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692)
Fax: 718-875-5561
Hours:
Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm

NEW! Extended Hours in Brooklyn:
Beginning on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Tuesday, January 30, 2018, OATH is offering extended hours for summonses that do not require that the issuing agency be present. Nearly all summonses issued by the NYPD, Parks Department, Sanitation Department and Health Department, among others will be eligible for in-person hearings and in some cases, community service. You can contact the Clerk’s Office if you would like to find out if your summons is able to be heard at the Brooklyn Hearing Office location during our extended hours.

Extended Hours at 9 Bond Street, 6th Floor:

Tuesdays - The Brooklyn Hearing Office will be open until 8:00 pm for hearings, admits and payments and/or community service (if, community service is an option in your case). Please arrive no later than 6:30 pm if you are walking in for a hearing or community service. Due to holidays, there will be no extended hours on November 7 and December 26, 2017.

Saturdays - The Brooklyn Hearing Office will be open from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for hearings, admits and payments and/or community service (if, community service is an option in your case). Please arrive no later than 12:30 pm if you are walking in for a hearing and/or community service. Due to holidays, the office will not be open on November 11, November 25, December 23 and December 30.

Bronx

3030 Third Avenue
Bronx, NY 10455
Phone: 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692)
Fax: 718-993-3077
Hours:
Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm

Queens - Jamaica

144-06 94th Avenue
Main Floor
Jamaica, NY 11435
Phone: 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692)
Fax: 718-558-6540
Hours:
Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm

Queens - Long Island City

31-00 47 Avenue
3rd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
Phone: 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692) on hearing days
Hours:
Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm

Staten Island

350 St. Marks Place
Main Floor
Staten Island, NY 10301
Phone: 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692) on hearing days
Fax: 718-815-8391
Hours:
Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm