HEALTH – Health Tribunal

Link to Health Tribunal’s web site

Decisions Posted on Site:
Appeal Decisions (2011 – Present)
The Health Tribunal is an independent New York City administrative tribunal. The Health Tribunal provides hearings on tickets issued by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) for violations of the New York City Health Code, New York State Public Health Law, New York State Sanitary Code, Regulations of the New York City Health Commissioner, and other laws relating to or affecting health within the City.

Pursuant to Mayoral Executive Order 148 of 2011, the Tribunal, which had been part of the DOHMH, was transferred into the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings on July 3, 2011.

The Health Tribunal employs Hearing Officers, also called Administrative Law Judges or ALJs, to preside at its hearings. Health Tribunal ALJs are experienced, independent decision-makers responsible for deciding cases. ALJs have the authority to impose civil fines ranging from $200 to $2,000 for each violation.

The rules of the Health Tribunal are found in Chapter 6 of Title 48 of the Rules of the City of New York (“Rules of Practice Applicable to Cases Before the Health Tribunal at OATH”).

The hearing and appeal processes, as well as the rights of parties appearing at the Health Tribunal, are described in its Rules. In brief, respondents wishing to contest tickets appear at hearings before ALJs who, after consideration of testimony and documentary evidence presented at the hearings, issue decisions and orders that either find a respondent in violation and impose a penalty, or dismiss the ticket. Any party disagreeing with an ALJ’s decision may file an appeal with the Tribunal, provided that the procedures set forth in Tribunal’s Rules are followed.

Decisions posted on the Center’s website are appeals decisions rendered by the Health Tribunal Appeals Unit.