*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 Video Hearing allows you to fight the summons by telling a Hearing Officer over webcam why you think the charges on a summons should be dismissed. You will have the opportunity to email documents to OATH during your Video Hearing to support your case. For example:
Not all summonses are eligible for a Video Hearing. Enter the violation code on your summons below to learn if you are allowed to have a Video Hearing. 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 Video Hearing even if the violation code you enter below is not found.
If you were issued a summons by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) you should use this list to see if your summons is eligible for an Online Hearing.
For all other summonses, if your violation code is not found below, you must appear in person.
You can call OATH Hearings Division's Remote Hearings Unit at 212-436-0777 to schedule your Video Hearing. You must call to schedule your Video Hearing before the hearing date on the summons.
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 Video 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.