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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.

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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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What are laid bare today are some of the more everyday problems such a scenario might cause - the sort that would be felt most immediately in our daily lives in just a few months' time.
As the international community expresses its concern over violations of human rights in Kashmir , a renowned Australian journalist CJ Werleman has come forward with some gruesome figures that laid bare reality of the situation in the occupied territory
The report laid bare the rot at the NCPB, exposing how well-connected cartels are minting billions at the expense of farmers.
Pyongyang said the US President's trip "laid bare his true nature as destroyer of world peace and stability" in a statement issued through the state news agency.
The image, he noted, has become clearer after the terrorist groups were laid bare and showed that they all serve one end which is serving the interest of some countries that believe that they can impose their dominance on the world through terrorism.
The charity hopes that its new service will help boys who are abused while they are involved in As this revelations laid bare, must be the sport to speak out and get the help they need.
A detailed verdict was laid bare by a court in Lahore today after a challan was filed by police in 2014 over killing of Sajjad and Saima on November 4 that year.
Her feelings and fears are laid bare in a moving and honest way that will stay with you for a long time to come.
The temerity of Oldham's actions is laid bare in Nick Barratt 's The Forgotten Spy (Blink Publishing, PS18.99/ebook PS6.47) and the genealogist spares none of the details in telling the story of his Great Uncle regardless of how painful they may be to relatives, or how embarrassing they are to the civil service.
Paths are revealed, steps are laid bare and the garden reverts to its basic structure.
THE devastating impact of the Bedroom Tax has been laid bare, in a report sneaked out by the Government yesterday.