Press release from the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts:
Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced the following appointment, effective Friday, January 1, 2021:
- Judge Roy Wijewickrama has been appointed to serve as chief district court judge for Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties (Judicial District 30). He was first elected to the court in 2010. Judge Wijewickrama received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and his law degree from Cleveland State University in Ohio. After graduating from law school, he worked as an assistant district attorney for the 30th Judicial District. Afterwards, he practiced law with the firm Kersten, Davis & Wijewickrama. In 2008, he was appointed as the tribal prosecutor for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians by Chief Mitchell Hicks.