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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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That bill, however, was not immediately laid aside for inclusion in the DWI omnibus because it needs to make a stop at the Senate Transportation Committee.
However, following the success of the mission, the document was laid aside in Nixon's private papers in America's national archives.
But they're becoming increasingly irrelevant because the men of debate have laid aside enough of their loathing to carry out the will of their people.
Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine's president, and Yulia Tymnoshenko, the prime minister, laid aside their differences on Thursday to visit the accident site.
The cash laid aside for new chairs comes out of last year's budget."
Tyrur has been laid aside by owner PJ Fahy and trainer Paul Hennessy for a Champion Stakes and Irish Derby campaign, and his return last Saturday indicated that he isn't far short of top form already.
As many as 800 of them were adherents of Islam, a religion that Harris flatly asserts is not "compatible with civil society" (rather a cold comfort, one supposes, as they too laid aside their early morning coffee to ponder their sudden mortal doom).
Crowley leads us from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century in his search for a human desire for "commodious comfort." En route, grand historical constructs such as "the Great Rebuilding" of the English landscape are quite simply laid aside. According to Crowley's painstaking research, early modern British people did not seem to want domestic spaces that might be warmer and lighter.
Later that year, Gregory bragged about his humiliation of the king, observing in a letter that Henry was "a pitiable figure who had laid aside all kingly attire and, as is natural for a penitent, was without shoes and clad in woolen garments."
We got great response (25 times that of cold direct mail) to the first mailing, including a long tail of trickle-ins which came from folks who had laid aside the first package to respond "later" when they were "ready," but nothing from the second.
Some subjects are introduced only to be swiftly laid aside. Dandelet's discussion of the cultural aspects of the Roman-Spanish relationship, particularly what he calls "the Spanish myth of Rome," are intriguing in outline but ultimately too thin to be convincing.
"Agriculture is not a peripheral issue to be laid aside as `rural' in the press of other concerns," Brown says.