Hearing by Mail

A Hearing by Mail allows you to contest charges by sending a written defense to the OATH Hearings Division by regular mail. You may include other documents to support your case. The defense must be signed and either notarized or include a statement certifying that the defense is true under penalty of perjury.

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Instructions for Completing Your Hearing by Mail Submission
Make sure to clearly list the summons number(s) on your written defense. If you are notarizing the defense, make sure it is also signed. If you do not want to have the defense notarized, OATH will accept your statement if it is signed and if it has been certified. To certify your statement simply include the following language at the end of your written and signed defense :

I [print your name] _____________________________ CERTIFY UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY THAT I AM AUTHORIZED TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THIS REQUEST AND THAT TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE, ALL INFORMATION I INCLUDED ON THIS FORM AND IN THE ATTACHMENTS, IF ANY, IS TRUE.

Send the signed defense before the hearing date to the following address:

OATH Remote Hearings Unit
66 John Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10038

Translation Services
If you feel more comfortable writing your defense in a language other than English, please do so. OATH will have your written defense translated into English before it is given to the Hearing Officer assigned to your case. All translation services are provided by OATH free of charge.

The Hearing Officer's Decision
You will get the hearing officer's decision in the mail within 30 days.



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ECB Hearings OpenData Portal
ECB Board Meeting Calendar
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Hearings Division Rules
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