Every time he was abroad, Eva Wanasinghe acted in his capacity, since she is the senior most judge in the Supreme Court after Dep.
The seniors after her are Buwaneka Aluvihare, Priyantha Jayawardena and Sisira de Abrew.
First female CJ
The first female chief justice was Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.
Before being appointed to the position, she acted as the CJ on 11 different occasions.