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Reopen a Missed Hearing (Default) Online

If you do not respond to a summons on, or before the scheduled hearing, you will receive a decision in the mail that finds you in violation of the charge, by default and you may have to pay a higher fine.

*Text OATHreminder to (917) 451-8829 to get text message reminders about your case. If you are unrepresented and need assistance, text OATHhelp to (917) 451-8829 for help.*

What can I do if I received a decision finding me in default?

If you received a decision finding you in default, you have two options:

  • Pay the penalty and any additional penalties that may have been imposed; or
  • Request a new hearing.

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. The request can be submitted using the Request to Reopen a Default Online form. If the request for a new hearing is received by the OATH Hearings Division within 75 days of the date of the missed hearing date, then OATH will grant the request.

Read the Rules governing missed hearings and default decisions.