Welcome to the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH)

OATH is an independent administrative law court that conducts nearly 300,000 hearings each year.  Our mission is to provide fair and timely hearings and trials. OATH oversees the operations of two divisions: the Trials Division and the Hearings Division, which is responsible for conducting  Health and Consumer Hearings, the Environmental Control Board (ECB) Hearings , and Vehicle for Hire Hearings. It also offers training services through the Administrative Judicial Training Institute and mediation services through the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution.


Featured News

IMPORTANT MESSAGE RELATED TO VEHICLE FOR HIRE HEARINGS:
All hearings on summonses issued by the TLC that are scheduled to occur on July 20, 2016 are being rescheduled. Respondents do not need to appear if their summons was issued by the TLC and they have a hearing scheduled for July 20, 2016. New hearing dates will be sent to respondents by mail. Hearings on summonses issued by the NYPD and the Port Authority are being held this week and are going forward, as scheduled.

 OATH Response to Comptroller Audit - June 22, 2016 (in PDF)

Read OATH’s Annual Report for 2015 (in PDF)

OATH establishes its first-ever Clerk’s Office
On June 13, 2016, OATH officially established its Office of the Clerk. Clerks in the Clerk’s Office are responsible for assisting those respondents who come to OATH for in-person hearings or call OATH with questions about the status of their case or seek information about the options available to them. Clerks also manage the hearing calendar for the OATH Hearings Divisions; they field requests to reschedule hearings as well as help cases flow throughout the day by making sure OATH’s Hearing Officers have the case files and other necessary materials needed to conduct hearings in an efficient, fair and orderly manner. The Clerk’s Office is also responsible for accepting payments, processing penalties, and mailing out the Hearing Officers’ decisions and other notices. OATH Clerks can be reached by calling OATH’s helpline at 1-844-OATH-NYC or by visiting an OATH Hearing Center in person.

Small Business Forum in Queens: How to Respond to Notices & Summonses
On June 8, 2016, OATH will host the third event in a series that it is calling Building Bridges for Small Businesses. The event is for small businesses who are interested in learning about how to respond to Notices and Summonses that they may receive from City enforcement agencies. You can view the event flyer (in PDF) for more details and to register for this free event.

On April 27, 2016 OATH will be in attendance at the 18th Annual Staten Island Economic Development Corporation Conference to speak to conference attendees and Staten Island businesses about OATH and the hearing process for City-issued summonses and notices.

Small Business Forum in Staten Island: How to Respond to Notices & Summonses 
On February 10, 2016, OATH will host the second event in a series that it is calling Building Bridges for Small Businesses. The first event was hosted in Brooklyn and this event will take place in Staten Island. The event is for small businesses who are interested in learning about how to respond to Notices and Summonses that they may receive from City enforcement agencies.  You can view the event flyer (in PDF) for more details. The next Building Bridges for Small Businesses will take place in Queens in June. More details will be available on this website closer to the date of the event.
Quick Links

Final OATH Tribunal Rule (in PDF)
This rule modifies OATH's procedural rules to streamline processes, provide greater efficiency and consistency across tribunals and give OATH the flexibility to transfer or allow new types of cases to be made returnable to OATH in the future.

Newsletters
Find summaries of recent recommendations issued by judges from the OATH Trials Division in BENCHNotes.

Press

Find press announcements, OATH Annual Reports, and other information.
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NYC Rules

Resources
The Center for Creative Conflict Resolution

Administrative Judicial Institute (AJI)