Receiving a ticket isn’t a joyous occasion for any citizen of New York City. Tickets are usually handled quite quickly with payments sent through the mail but, this is not the case for a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT). A DAT is a criminal court summons. For many people who receive DAT’s, it’s their first time interacting with the criminal justice system and the process can be scary and confusing. This booklet was designed to help citizens understand what they can do.

CUP collaborated with The Bronx Defenders and Youth Represent, organization’s with expertise in the criminal justice field, and WeShouldDesignItAll design to create an easy to read booklet that advises individuals who receive a Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) on the proper steps they need to take in order to handle going to criminal court.

Resources & Links

The Bronx Defenders provides innovative, holistic, and client-centered criminal defense,
family defense, civil legal, and social support services to indigent people in the Bronx.

Youth Represent mission is to ensure that young people affected by the criminal justice system are afforded every opportunity to reclaim lives of dignity, self-fulfillment, and engagement in their communities.

WeShouldDoItAll is a contemporary design studio that translates clients’ needs into dynamic, visual systems that can be presented at multiple scales. These solutions take the form of branding, spatial, environmental, interactive, or print projects. WSDIA has been nationally and internationally recognized through various awards and publications.

Public Access Design is a program of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). Public Access Design projects use design to make complex urban issues accessible to the New Yorkers most affected by them.

Funding Support

Support for this project was provided in part by an award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts. More Art For More People.

Special Thanks

Christine Gaspar, Ingrid Haftel, Robyn Mar, Craig Levine, Runa Rajagopal, Scott Levy,
Kate Rubin, Laurie Parise, Charles Nuñez, Michael Pope, Nick Johnson


  • CUP
  • Oscar Nuñez
  • The Bronx Defenders
  • Advocacy Partners
  • Matt Diaz,
    Tom Peterson

  • Youth Represent
  • Advocacy Partners
    Eric Eingold,
    Saskia Valencia

  • WeShouldDoItAll
  • Designers
  • Jonathan Jackson, 
    Sarah Nelson Jackson