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Hearing Online

*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 an Online Hearing?

A Online Hearing allows you to fight the summons by using a simple, online form. The form allows you to type a defense and attach up to three electronic files to support your case. If you want to have a Online Hearing, the Online Hearing form must be submitted to the Hearings Division on or before the hearing date. The Hearings Division will only consider the first Online Hearing form that you submit for each summons.

Am I Allowed to Have a Online Hearing?

Not all summonses are eligible for a Online Hearing.

Enter the violation code on your summons below to learn if you are allowed to have a Online Hearing.

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 Online Hearing 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 Complete a Online Hearing?

Complete and submit the Online Hearing Form. The form allows you to attach up to three (3) electronic files 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 attach 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 attach 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 attach a copy of the sale records.

Can I submit my responses on the Online Hearing form in a language other than English?

Yes. If you feel more comfortable submitting your responses on the Online Hearing form in a language other than English, please do so. OATH will have your submission translated into English before it is given to the OATH Hearing Officer assigned to your case. All translation services are provided by OATH free of charge.

If I have an Online Hearing, 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 Online Hearing and you are found to be "in violation" a monetary penalty will be imposed.

Not all summonses allow for the option of community service.