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Reopen a Default Online

You may only request a new hearing once for each summons that is in default, subject to Section 6-21(e) of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York. The request must be submitted using the OATH-issued request form.

To submit the request online use OATH's online electronic request form. You can submit the request form in the language you feel most comfortable using.

If the request for a new hearing is received by the OATH Hearings Division within 75 days of the date of the missed hearing then OATH will grant the request.

If your request is granted

If your request for a new hearing is granted, OATH will mail you a new hearing date. *You must attend the new hearing.* If your summons is one that does not require you to come to the OATH hearing in person, you can submit a defense by mail, phone, online (One-Click), or video (webcam), but OATH must receive your defense on or before the new scheduled hearing date.

If your request is denied

You will have to pay the default penalty and any additional fees or interest that may have accrued. If you do not pay the penalty, the City may file papers with the Civil Court of New York City. The Department of Finance, the agency responsible for collecting money that is owed to the City, may also start collection activities. Learn about payment options.