Piepowder Court Law and Legal Definition

Piepowder court is a special court that sat in times of public markets or fairs in England in medieval times, with exclusive jurisdiction over disputes between merchants and consumers and any other dispute arising as a result of the market or fair.

The term pie powder came from the French word for a pedlar, pied puldreaux, which was taken up by the Scottish to refer to an alien merchant.

The court of Pie Powder was officially abolished by the Courts of Justice Act 1971. Piepowder court is also called the Pie Poudre courts or court of piepowder.