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Hearing by Phone

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In response to general concerns about coronavirus, COVID-19, OATH is temporarily allowing respondents who have upcoming hearings at OATH to appear by phone. To schedule a date and time to have a Hearing by Phone, which allows you to speak to an OATH Hearing Officer over the phone and email your evidence to the Hearing Officer, you must contact OATH *before* your upcoming hearing date.

The easiest way to schedule your Hearing by Phone is to fill out this online request form.

Or you can schedule your hearing by sending an email to OATH. If you choose to send an email, please contact OATH at the hearing location listed on your summons:

  • Brooklyn cases: RemoteBKLYN@oath.nyc.gov
  • Bronx cases: RemoteBronx@oath.nyc.gov
  • Manhattan cases: RemoteManhattan@oath.nyc.gov
  • Queens cases: RemoteLIC@oath.nyc.gov
  • Staten Island cases: RemoteSI@oath.nyc.gov

In your email, you must include the following four (4) pieces of information:

  • All summons numbers for the summonses you want to have a Hearing by Phone;
  • Respondent’s name, as it appears on the summons(es);
  • If you are not the respondent named on the summons, tell us your relationship to the respondent; and
  • A valid phone number where you can be contacted to schedule your Hearing by Phone.

OATH’s Help Center is conducting remote Help Sessions. If you are self-represented and you want assistance with your case, please visit the Help Center section of this website to learn how to contact them.

What is a Hearing by Phone?

A Hearing by Phone allows you to fight the summons by telling a Hearing Officer over the phone why you think the charges on a summons should be dismissed. You will have the opportunity to email documents to OATH during your Hearing by Phone 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.