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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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Arif Alvi says the whole nation is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for security of the country and the nation.
President Dr Arif Alvi has said that the whole nation is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for security of the country and the nation.
Islamabad -- Special prayers and ceremonies were held to honour policemen who laid down their lives in the line of duty as the country observed Police Martyrs Day on Sunday.
ISLAMABAD -- President Dr Arif Alvi Saturday said the brave soldiers, who laid down their lives to ensure the security of their countrymen, in fact lived on forever.
Welcoming the step of the former militants, Colonel Azhar Ali said that as part of the Peaceful Balochistan package, so far many anti-state elements have laid down their arms and now they have to play their significant role for the development, betterment and prosperity of the country.
About a 150 kilometers of the line had already been laid down by the end of 2017.
Later Captain Qadirs body was laid down with full Military Honoron Fridaywhile Major General Shahid Nazir, Kalat Scouts Brigadier Rahat Malik, tribal elders from Khuzdar and a large number of citizens participated in his funeral prayer.
Most important, everything happens according to the rules laid down.
The resident said she rang the council and was informed that the headstones are safety checked and laid down if they do not meet standards.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Defense Ministry announced in its latest report on Sunday that militants in another region laid down weapons and ended fight against the Syrian Army.
KANDHKOT -- At least 32 militants laid down arms and courted arrest to the local police here on Friday.