Chief Justices are not supposed to be pen-pushers. They are supposed to have a GRAND VISION of justice, the BIG PICTURE of the entire judicial system. Theirs is one of the topmost jobs in the country. They are given the responsibility and independence to correct the bad practices of the past, to ensure that justice reaches the common man. They are supposed to be able administrators.
But the present system of appointment, it seems, gives us only short-sighted pygmies as Chief Justices -- men who don't feel sufficiently responsible and sufficiently empowered to change the system. And so they just hold hearings till they retire and get a cushy government job. Tragic.