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Nonprofessional, such as a lay witness who is not a recognized expert in the area that is the subject of the person's testimony. That which relates to persons or entities not clerical or ecclesiastical; a person not in ecclesiastical orders. To present the formal declarations by the parties of their respective claims and defenses in pleadings. A share of the profits of a fishing or Whaling voyage, allotted to the officers and seamen, in the nature of wages.

See: deposit, place, profane, rest

LAY, English law. That which relates to persons or things not ecclesiastical. In the United States the people are not, by law, divided, as in England, into ecclesiastical and lay. The law makes no distinction between them.

TO LAY, pleading. To state or to allege. The place from whence a jury are to be summoned, is called the venue, and the allegation in the declaration, of the place where the jury is to be summoned, is in technical language, said to lay the venue. 3 Steph. Com. 574; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 2826.

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They were laid to rest in their ancestral graveyard Kundi and large number of local bodies' representatives, politicians and people of all walks of life attended the last funeral prayer of the victims.
Willie's brother Jimmy, 39, will also be laid to rest.
The regiment will be marching from the Wrexham Guild Hall, through the streets of Wrexham and into the The Royal Welsh Regimental Chapel, in St Giles, where the flag will be laid to rest.
A statement on behalf of her family said: "Cilla's body will be laid to rest, at a private ceremony, in Allerton Cemetery alongside her parents.
Cllr John Wynn Jones, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Environment added: "It is very sad to think that well over 200 people have been laid to rest in the common grave in Llanbeblig Cemetery, some of them as recent as the early 1960s.
MIRPUR (AJK) -- Three real brothers, who drowned in Mangla dam lake during picnic, laid to rest in ancestral graveyard here on Tuesday.
Karachi -- As many as two Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) workers named Mohammad Ashraf and Abdul Rehman have been laid to rest on Wednesday who were killed on January 13 in Gulbahar area.
Abdullah Al Hamoudi was laid to rest in Al Tuwaieen area after a funeral prayer.
The procession will move later to the city of Zahle on several stops in city landmarks, before heading to the City's al-Bayader cemetery where the late Poet will be laid to rest.
The Wreath of Respect will visit military sites and war memorials over seven days, and be laid to rest at night in cathedrals across the UK.
Tragic gran Jean Campbell has finally been laid to rest seven been laid to rest seven months after her body was found in a park.
Summary: Two young men were laid to rest in their Bek Valley hometowns after they succumbed to wounds sustained in two separate shooting incidents, the National News Agency reported Sunday.