The court system would not be able to respond to Opotiki residents and their needs, this comment was made from Whakatane lawyer Jonathan Kay.

March next year is the time when the Opotiki District Court will open when needed perhaps only 6 days each month when there is a sitting or case.

There is also the issue of staff losing their  jobs at the Opotiki Court. Green Party MP David Clendon says cases will be slow because of the long distance to Whakatane from Opotiki for residents eventually they will be sought by police.

It has been said the court closures is a financial saving endeavour by the Government, therefore the selection of small town courts like Opotiki to be closed.

E kore nei te pūnaha koti e urupare ana ki nga whakaritenga o nga iwi o Opotiki hei nga korero a te roia o Whakatane a Jonathan Kay. Tena hoki te titiro ka ngaro nga turanga a nga kaimahi kei te koti o Opotiki e mahi ana. A tera marama o Pou-tu-te-rangi ka tuwhera poto te koti o Opotiki kia ono noa iho nga rangi ia marama hei whakawā tangata, kaupapa ranei. Hei nga kitenga a David Clendon o Te Torangapu Kakariki ka poturi nga whakawā na te tawhiti o Whakatane mo nga iwi o Opotiki hei haerenga mo ratau, mea rawa ake kei te whai nga pirihimana i aua tangata. Hoi ano e ai ki nga whakapae he kaupapa ma Te Kawanatanga kia penapena putea ma ratau no reira te kakati haere i nga koti ture kei nga taone iti pera i Opotiki.