Each hundred had a court that met once a month, usually in the open air, at a well-publicized time and place. There both criminal matters and private disputes were settled. In its earliest incarnation, all residents of the hundred were expected to attend the hundred court, but over the centuries attendance was restricted to the tenants of specific lands. Regular attendants acted as judges, except when the sheriff filled the role on his twice-yearly visits. Gradually, private lords took control of hundred courts.
Crimes committed within a hundred during the Middle Ages were the responsibility of its residents. If the criminal were not found, they were responsible for making financial reparations.
There were five hundreds in the Shire of Ware.