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Video (Webcam) Hearing

*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 Video (Webcam) Hearing?

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:

  • 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 Video (Webcam) Hearing?

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.


How do I request a Video (Webcam) Hearing?

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.

Can I have my Video (Webcam) Hearing 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 Video (Webcam) 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 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.