OATH Extends Physical Closure, Telephonic Hearings

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) is New York City’s central independent administrative law court. The OATH Hearings Division is responsible for holding hearings on summonses issued by a variety of agencies for alleged quality-of-life violations. It adjudicates summonses issued by agencies such as the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Buildings.

In March, Mayor de Blasio appointed Joni Kletter as Commissioner and Chief Administrative Law Judge of OATH. In a recently updated administrative order, Judge Kletter extended the physically closure of OATH until at least May 15, 2020.

To schedule a hearing by phone, you can reach OATH at the following email addresses before your upcoming hearing date:

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

In your email, you must include the following four 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, the relationship to the respondent; and
  • A valid phone number where you can be contacted to schedule your Hearing by Phone.