North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley announced that effective Jan. 1 Judge Roy Wijewickrama will serve as chief district court judge for Jackson, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Macon and Swain counties (Judicial District 30).

He was first elected to the court in 2010. Judge Wijewickrama received his undergraduate degree from N.C. State University 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 Michell Hicks.