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Sri Lankan American Roy Wijewickrama becomes US District Court Judge

Jan 4, 2011 12:14:48 AM- transcurrents.com

Sri Lankan American Roy Wijewickrama was elected District Court Judge by popular vote in the 30th Judicial District of North Carolina, USA on November 2, 2010 and will be assuming duties immediately after being sworn in as a Judge on January 1, 2011



According to the NC State Board of Elections Roy defeated Stephen Ellis by more than 4000 votes, garnering 53.88 percent of the vote and winning all seven counties in the district. He takes his oaths as judge in the Haywood County Superior Court in Waynesville, North Carolina.

A graduate of Tuscola High School in Waynesville, NC, USA, Roy did his BA in Political Science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and earned a Juris Doctor, JD degree from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Roy served as Assistant District Attorney (crown counsel) for the 30th Judicial District in the State of North Carolina from September 2001 until August 2007 during which time he prosecuted many cases including criminal cases from murder and rape cases to child sex abuse cases. These included hundreds of jury trials and bench trials. He also was a board member for the County’s Child Abuse Advocacy Center and led multidisciplinary teams with numerous agencies including law enforcement, Department of Social Services, and the District Attorney’s Office.

Thereafter he worked as a partner in the Waynesville, NC, law firm, Kerstien, Davis & Wijewickrama and was involved in both criminal and civil litigation, handling cases in State, Federal and Tribal courts.
In 2008 he was appointed as Tribal Prosecutor for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the native Indians of USA and prosecuted crimes occurring in the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

Roy is married to Jodi O’Neil and lives in Waynesville, NC with his wife and two daughters. He is the son of Chandra and Ramanee Wijewickrama of Panadura and Makola, Sri Lanka. They immigrated to NC, USA in 1964 from Sri Lanka. Roy has two brothers, David Wijewickrama, an attorney-at-law in private practice in Waynesville, North Carolina and Rohan Wijewickrama, an ENT surgeon, working in Buffalo, New York. ~ courtesy: the sunday times.lk ~