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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.

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.