Hearing by Phone
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.
To participate, you must email the OATH location where your hearing is currently scheduled to take place:
- 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.
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.