OATH – Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

Decisions Posted on Site:
Recommended and Final Decisions (1990 – Present)
Selected Decisions (1979 – 1989)

Link to OATH web site 

The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) is the City’s central, independent and impartial administrative law court. OATH has the authority to conduct adjudicatory hearings for all mayoral and non-mayoral city agencies, boards and commissions. OATH’s jurisdiction, powers, and duties are defined in Chapter 45-A of the City Charter.

The OATH Trials Division caseload includes employee disciplinary and disability, license revocation cases brought by City licensing agencies, regulatory and zoning cases, conflicts of interest proceedings, contract dispute resolution for City-issued contracts, Loft Law hearings, vehicle seizure hearings for cars seized by the NYPD, City Human Rights Law violations and other adjudications as provided by state and local law.

OATH trials are presided over by administrative law judges (ALJ’s) who are appointed to five year terms. OATH Trials Division decisions include findings of facts and either a recommendation to the referring agency of a final disposition or, where OATH is the deciding agency, the final decision itself. In many instances the agency action based on an OATH recommendation is included with the decision, but not always.

Agencies that refer adjudicatory matters to the OATH Trials Division include the following:

Administration for Children Services, Aging, Buildings, Correction, Design and Construction, Environmental Protection, Finance, Fire, Health, Homeless Services, Housing Preservation and Development, Human Resources Administration, Loft Board, Parks, Police, Probation, Sanitation, Taxi and Limousine Commission, Transportation, Board of Education, Comptroller, Conflicts of Interest Board, Campaign Finance Board, Health and Hospitals Corporation, Transit Authority, Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, Off Track Betting, and Teachers Retirement System, among others.

The decisions posted on the Center’s web site are updated as issued by OATH. All decisions beginning in 1990 are included. The site also offers selected decisions offering noteworthy research value issued prior to 1990.