Some members of the nobility took their duties seriously and were involved in establishing institutions of religion or education.
The Earl of Leicester, for example, established a hospital in Warwick.
The most important courts were probably the Great Session (or Assizes), held twice a year in each county, and the Quarter Sessions Court, held four times a year.
Between them, these courts dealt with most crimes, such as theft, witchcraft, recusancy, murder, and assault.
Indeed, the political or religious views of an aristocrat was very important as it could and did influence the views of his tenants and subjects.