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

On April 26, 2017, OATH will co-host an educational event from 6-8 PM in Upper Manhattan with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Ben Kallos.  International and municipal community-based organizations that represent and assist immigrants from Africa are also partnering with OATH on this event.  The event will focus on what to do when a resident or small business is issued a summons from a NYC enforcement agency.  Commissioner Del Valle will also speak about upcoming changes in how the NYPD handles low-level quality of life summonses a result of the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2016.  All are welcome to attend. View the event flyer (in PDF) for event details

On April 13, 2017 OATH will partner with Council Member Ben Kallos to kick off its CourtESy (Court’s Education for Seniors) Program, with an event at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House on the Upper East Side. OATH’s CourtESy program brings information about OATH and the hearing process directly to NYC’s Senior citizens.  The forum will focus on OATH’s Remote Hearing Methods which give recipients of summons­es the ability to fight summonses at their convenience and without having to travel to attend the OATH hearing in person. Read about OATH’s Outreach Programs (in PDF).

On March 22, 2017, OATH will co-host an educational event from 6-8 PM in Chinatown with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Margaret S. Chin. The event will focus on what to do when a resident or small business is issued a summons from a NYC enforcement agency. Mandarin and Cantonese translators will be present at the event. All are welcome to attend. View the event flyer (in PDF) for event details.

Read the press release. Photos of Press Announcement Available: On Flickr

Read OATH’s 2016 Annual Report (in PDF) which provides an overview of this administrative law court’s programs and accomplishments from last year.

On February 10, 2017 OATH Commissioner & Chief Administrative Law Judge, Fidel F. Del Valle, was the featured speaker at the 140th CityLaw Breakfast which was hosted by New York Law School and the Center for New York City Law. View the video of the event and Commissioner Del Valle’s full remarks.

As part of OATH’s ACCES Program (in PDF), on February 15, 2017 OATH will visit the Grand Street Campus and OATH Commissioner & Chief Administrative Law Judge, Fidel F. Del Valle, will speak to approximately 1,000 students from the High School for Enterprise, Business and Technology, the High School for Legal Studies and Progress High School. Through this educational event, students will learn about the Federal, State and City legal system, OATH and its role, and the intent of the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2016 (in PDF) and what changes will occur when some types of NYPD summonses begin to be filed with OATH rather than with criminal court. The presentation will be followed by courtroom exercises and mock trials with the students broken up into smaller groups. Interested media can contact Marisa Senigo, OATH’s Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs and Communications, at msenigo@oath.nyc.gov.

On February 22, 2017 OATH will host its 2nd Annual Staten Island Building Bridges for Small Businesses event. The event is for small businesses who are interested in learning about how to respond to NYC-issued summonses that they may receive from City enforcement agencies. You can view the event flyer (in PDF) for more details and to learn how to register for this event.

OATH cited in Administrative Conference of the United States’ Self-Represented Parties at Administrative Hearings Draft Report. The report is part of a larger project on the subject which comes out of a working group that the Administrative Conference co-leads with the Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice. Read the report (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, by email at ClerksOffice@oath.nyc.gov or by visiting an OATH Hearing Center in person.

Quick Links

Proposed OATH Rule – Community Service (in PDF)
This proposed rule adds a new Chapter 7 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York, concerning the community service program established by OATH as part of the Criminal Justice Reform Act.

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)