So, who is really in charge? Who can the public hold accountable? Can the Chief Justice really pass the buck?
Check out this description of who is responsible from MN House Research. It says the Chief Justice is the administrative head of the judicial branch. See page from 2008 report, below (lower left-hand corner of chart).
Now, check out what is on the Minnesota Judicial branch website for the table of organization, once Gildea was appointed Chief Justice.