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Appeal a Decision

After your hearing, the OATH Hearings Division will give or mail the decision to you and the enforcement agency. If either side disagrees with the decision, they may file an appeal.

Please note that for most types of summonses, you must pay the fine in order to appeal. If you win your appeal, you will be issued a refund. Your appeal must also be sent to the enforcement agency responsible for the summons and must be received within 30 days of the date of the decision or 35 days if the decision was mailed to you. Your decision and order also has directions on the back.

*To address general concerns about the coronavirus, COVID-19, OATH is temporarily extending deadlines for filing appeals and responses to appeals.* The time for a Respondent to file an appeal of an OATH hearing decision issued on or after February 19, 2020, has been temporarily increased to 60 days from the date of the hearing decision, or 65 days if the hearing decision was mailed.

The time for a Respondent to submit an answer to an appeal filed by an enforcement agency after February 19, 2020, has also been temporarily increased to 60 days from the date the appeal was served on the Respondent, or 65 days if the appeal was served by mail.

The easiest way to appeal is to appeal online. Alternative, you may also file your appeal by mail, in which case you must use the Hearings Division Appeal Application form.

*Note:* If you received a default judgment, do not use any of these forms. You must file a motion to reopen the defaulted case.