Magistrate Widanelage took her oath at the State House in the presence of Chief Justice Anthony Gates and Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili.
A Government statement issued this afternoon stated Ms Widanelage started her career as a Junior Attorney-at-Law at Corporate Chambers of Mr Kalinga Indatissa in 1999.
Prior to her appointment, she was a district judge/magistrate at Mahiyangana in Sri Lanka.
Ms Widanelage holds a Masters of Law from the University of Colombo, a Diploma in Environmental Law and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations.
She was also a tutorial assistant at the Sri Lanka Law College where she taught Environmental and Constitution Law from 2002 to 2008. (Colombo Gazette)