Posted on August 23, 2012- by Eric Sanders
The New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, or OATH, is the government agency that is responsible for conducting hearings for other government entities, such as commissions, agencies, or boards, which are under the jurisdiction of the city of New York.
The purpose of OATH is to be a decision-making body independent of other government agencies. Internal regulation and internally-conducted hearings can result in decreased credibility on judgements and rulings, due to a perceived bias that may or may not exist. As an independent body, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings helps ensure that decisions are made by an agency that is impartial and fair.
OATH also oversees the Administrative Judicial Training Institute, an entity whose purpose is to provide education and training for New York City administrative law tribunals and judges. It updates judges on the latest reforms in the field of administrative justice. It is also helps train judges in the areas of courtroom skills, and courtroom applications of technology.
There are four tribunals for which OATH is responsible. These tribunals are:
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